Remaining online is imperative and companies that do not invest in resilient IT infrastructure are putting their companies at risk
We expect our IT department to support us, but do we really support them and help them to make the business secure?
Numerous businesses are realising that the original benefit of running your own server room in order to have your servers close by, is being outweighed by the advantages of an outsourced solution, as they realise that you could save money and have greater resilience in a data centre.
Companies should be looking to unshackle IT departments from managing infrastructure so that they can support a variety of new business initiatives such as managing seasonal events or focusing on strategic IT projects – such as coding for new business ideas.
In an increasing digital world, companies need to be able to react and act quickly and always be open for business. Reductions in operational expenditure and the ability to focus your IT team on your core business, means that data centres offer companies the ability to maximise the potential within their businesses at a lower cost than if the service was kept in-house. They have the ability to have businesses up and running within hours, as well as provide the flexibility to grow alongside your organisation.
Some organisations start to look to cloud solutions rather than a data centre. However, cloud services do not provide companies with a fully audit-able system and the ability to have full control over their own infrastructure. A data centre enables businesses to avoid spending money on storage bills in the cloud, as it is often cheaper to store information on their own servers.
For an IT director moving from an in-house solution to a data centre is like providing a kart driver with an F1 vehicle. When it comes to connectivity, a data centre means that your business is connected globally, quickly, securely and a lower price than delivering similar bandwidth to an office location. Crucially data centres can enable your servers to handle big data analysis requirements as well as uploading and downloading massive media files quickly and securely.
The hidden costs of sustaining your infrastructure to optimal levels can be surprising. Reducing operational costs can create the opportunity to invest in better equipment and state-of-the-art servers. Additionally, data centres have the time, resource and impetus to continually invest and research in green technologies meaning that not only can businesses reduce their own carbon footprints at their own office locations, they are also benefitting from continual efficiency saving research. Companies who move their servers from in-house server rooms typically save 90% on their own carbon emissions.
By optimising IT infrastructure, businesses benefit from IT departments that can support critical analysis, as well as develop and enable exciting new business strategies. IT departments are a mission critical component of an organisation – a data centre can enable them to work efficiently and innovatively.