Before cloud computing transformed the world of business technology, companies needed to maintain their own dedicated servers. These typically come in the form of on-premises data centers, which need to be maintained by an in-house IT department. However, thanks to the rise of server colocation, organizations can now deploy their own servers within off-site managed service facilities.
Server colocation providers are bound by their service level agreements (SLAs) to ensure that their clients’ computing resources are available 24/7/365. By contrast, an on-premises data center is entirely at the mercy of a break-and-fix support routine. If, for example, you have an on-premises email server, a hardware or connectivity problem could render communications impossible.
Since externally managed servers run in a hosted environment, the service provider will be responsible for taking the necessary precautions to ensure your resources are available around the clock. What’s more, these resources will be available no matter your location, since you’ll be accessing them through the cloud.
Server colocation facilities are designed specifically to fulfil the data redundancy and compliance needs of modern businesses. Things like climate control, bandwidth, and physical security are all taken care of by the service provider, as are fail safe backups stored in secondary locations. In other words, there’s practically no chance of data loss occurring due to failing hardware.
Traditionally, companies relied on maintaining their own in-house IT infrastructure. Oftentimes, this also meant relying purely on backups stored on-premises. However, should a disaster render the business premises and everything in it unworkable, there would be nothing to fall back on. Having resources located off-site with system redundancy means you’ll have access to your backups because you don’t have all your eggs in one basket.
Your computing needs can change at any time. The last thing you want is to miss out on new business opportunities due to limitations in your existing IT infrastructure. Sure, you can expand and upgrade an on-premises data center, but that comes with additional requirements, such as the need for more physical space.
With server colocation, you don’t need to worry about scalability again. That’s because service providers have access to vast data centers that allow them to allocate resources to their clients on demand. With a hosted off-site environment, scaling back or expanding your available computing resource pool is a phone call away. You no longer need to invest in hardware upgrades or hire more staff.
We all know that technology has a terrible habit of suddenly failing without notice. When that happens, you’ll be faced with the expense of replacement components and waiting for however long it takes to get the faulty system back up and running. In the meantime, your company could be missing out on sales, while staff productivity will take a nosedive.
By migrating to a hosted server environment instead, you no longer need to worry about sudden unexpected expenses due to failing hardware or increased computing needs. Instead, you effectively rent your computing resources from a provider who will be wholly responsible for maintaining, repairing, and fixing them as required. All your business needs to do is pay predictable monthly expenses.
Smaller businesses simply don’t have the financial or physical resources available to operate their own in-house data centers, especially if they want to have the flexibility to grow. When you partner with Level 5 Mgmt, you can reduce your operational expenses and improve security and data redundancy by letting us take care of your server hosting needs. Call us today to find out more.