Over the last 40 years, business’ growth and technological advancement have goaded each other towards further advancement. With every new business requirement, technology has stepped up to provide an apt solution. Large amounts of money invested in new hardware and software has resulted in an information technology (IT) infrastructure that gave a company a competitive advantage over its contemporaries. Hence over the years companies that have been most successful in sustaining growth are those that have taken advantage of new innovations while reducing cost, complexity, and overcapacity.
Data Centers have been around since the dawn of the first computer. Specialized workspace and experts for operation made them special. In 1989, Kodak became the first major corporation in the United States to outsource a significant part of its IT department. It outsourced its data center operations, desktop management, and network, as well as voice networks. At that time, outsourcing a strategic asset such as the IT department to third-party providers was unheard of. Despite much skepticism, Kodak soon became a role model on how to plan and implement an outsourcing relationship. It was not until after 1990 that Data Centers became a popular all in one processing house for a larger number of corporations and even individuals.
Less or No Infrastructure Costs:
When the services of a Data Center are availed of, there is no need for investment in infrastructure. The Data Center provider charges the client for the services rendered. Additional equipment can be added on request and customized within short intervals. If infrastructure costs increase disproportionately when compared to total spending, saving capital on hardware can certainly be a major cost saving factor for most small and even major corporations.
Uninterrupted Power Supply:
Data Centers have a power supply system built never to fail. Usually in case of a general power outage a battery bank will provide power till the diesel generators kick in. This ensures almost no interruption in power supply! No interruptions in power supply would mean higher server uptime.
Security is one of the most essential features a client would require in a Data Center. All physical access is controlled completely. Identities may be confirmed via biometrics and all activities are video-logged. Entry to the premises is restricted each client is provided a dedicated space with the required security levels.
Most modern day Data Centers are located specifically at locations where environmental hazards are rare. Precautions are taken against flooding. The temperature is controlled at all times and additional cooling can be requested when necessary. Most Data Centers have a dedicated power supply line; this ensures less number of electrical spikes and harmonics in the connection. All in all, utmost care is taken for the physical safety of the client’s equipment.
Processing and Storage:
With new multicore processors in the market today, at a Data Center the processing speed can be increased in a matter of hours! Additional storage can also be added as per the requirement. Customized hardware can be availed of and all this at a price lower than that of the actual equipment.
Multiple IP Providers
High speed Internet is critical for e-commerce. Considering the reach that most online businesses require in the world today, multiple IP providers all located at one location prove to be very beneficial rather than subscribing for individual connections. There is saving of capital in simply renting the connection for a certain period of time rather than purchasing a dedicated line.
As an online business progresses the bar for requirement of bandwidth increases radically. We-based ordering, product registration, web based marketing, video ads, audio conferencing, video and audio collaboration are all bandwidth exhaustive applications. Data Centers are well equipped to handle this need at all times.
World Class Systems:
A Data Center will always be equipped with the latest hardware. This feature ensures that the client always gets the best-in class service. The capital to update hardware on a regular basis is a lot more than to rent services at a Data Center. Additionally smaller hardware can be installed on request; this ensures that the client is either on par or always a step ahead of a competitor.
Availing services of a Data Center can reduce hardware costs, labor, network load to name a few. There is major saving in expendable resources like electricity and cooling systems. The pros of using a Data Center are many, the cons hardly exist! A good Data Center service can take a business to a whole new level. Spare your wallet, subscribe to a Data Center.
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