The growth in data volumes coupled with the need for more flexible and bespoke IT capabilities means committing significant investment into managing and maintaining your own internal IT infrastructure is becoming increasingly difficult to justify within the boardroom. Instead, the rise in third party outlets, such as colocation facilities, and the flexibility of terms offered by these providers now means you can pass that responsibility onto someone else, giving you peace of mind of knowing that your IT infrastructure is safe and in secure hands. But once you’ve made the decision to outsource, how do you choose a provider?
Most likely you’ll have a set of requirements – the need for high-tiered facilities offering great connectivity, high broadband speeds, multiple service options and proximity to key business hubs are all these are likely to sit highly on your list. When it comes finding a facility to meet these requirements – all roads might lead to major cities, such as London, but if you look a little closer those hubs are not without their own individual challenges.
Firstly, facilities located in major cities are automatically are privy to the costs and risks associated with city life. In somewhere as land precious as London for example, the rental market is very competitive and because of this the costs associated are then passed onto you the customer. Another consideration is future costs – is your business likely to grow, meaning you may require more rack space? If this is a possibility, you need to ensure that the centre can provide space to grow, because relocating to a new facility can be costly. Centres outside of London are often bigger, with greater capacity to grow and scale, and therefore are easily able to incorporate new technologies.