Oct 16, 2018

Using a provider that you can trust and delegate to can help you get the most out of your solution (and look like a friggin’ hero).

A cumbersome remote data center is, at best, annoying. At worst, it’ll drive your staff into the ground and leave you pulling your hair out. We’ve heard the colocation horror stories. Having to send your ace system administrator to drive through a blizzard to deal with a small outage. Losing hours of labor time while your engineers sit in rush hour traffic because they have to go to the colocation facility to fix an issue. It’s a lot of wasted time and effort. It may be enough to make you want to bring your systems to an on-site data center.

But then that poses another problem. You don’t have space – let alone redundant power and network resources. You also moved to a data center for a reason.  Colocation services are convenient that way, and don’t get me started on how nice it is to open up a business in a new market and not have to build your own data center there.

So how do you take advantage of these benefits without the inconvenience of sending your workers off to a remote facility a few times a week? The answer lies in managed services.

Colocation providers that offer custom managed services can tailor exactly what they do for you based on your needs, offloading the work from your staff while giving you the essential control you need over the situation. This is great when you just want less day-to-day management overhead to deal with. But it also pays off in light of a few key tech trends happening right now.

Three of those trends include:

1. Private Cloud Solutions
The cloud is great when it comes to automating your IT systems and maximizing infrastructure capacity relative to usage rates. A private cloud solution is helpful because it lets you control your most sensitive data and systems without them residing on a server shared with another company. There’s just one hitch: You have to support those systems. You need data center space, engineers available for configuration management, personnel for troubleshooting and resources for ongoing maintenance. In the end, a private cloud can end up being harder to manage because your team has to deal with frequent and rapid changes.

A private cloud solution hosted in a colocation facility, on the other hand, moves the data center burden onto a third-party provider. Throw in managed services and you get all of the performance benefits of the cloud without the risks of a shared public cloud environment.

2. Edge Computing
This one’s simple. You know how it’s really infuriating to pay your workers to sit in traffic to get to the data center? Well, that gets even worse when you have edge computing configurations spread over distant locations to meet various customer needs. Commuting just isn’t realistic. You can outsource to a local IT service provider or hire freelance staff in the region but, doh jeeze, that just adds another layer of complexity. Colocation providers that offer managed services can do that work for you.

3. System Sprawl
Even the most efficient IT departments are facing system sprawl as businesses handle more data, applications, and infrastructure to keep up with today’s IT demands. Managed services let you move that operational burden off to a specialist that can not only maintain everything for you, but optimize the environments to get you the best possible results.

Colocation services offer an array of benefits that are tailor-made for today’s IT problems, and managed services take those advantages to another level.

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