You want to keep your staff focused on the products and services that make your small business successful. But the technology on which you rely takes time away from your staff and a part of your budget that you could use elsewhere. Sharing technical resources with other companies through the colocation model allows you to work with state-of-the-art environments maintained by people outside of your business. Here is how this process works to help your small business stay focused on the areas important to its success.
How the Colocation Model Works
Companies that provide colocation services offer data center management facilities that use the latest in database, server and network technology. Your business shares these resources with other companies without having the responsibility of maintaining any of the technology. You can keep more of your staff focused on what your business does best.
You become the consumer of the technical resources while the colocation provider handles all of the issues regarding the physical environment, power management and security. This frees up staff and budget because:
You Have More Choices Depending on Your Computing Needs
Instead of spending capital to purchase equipment, you can use expense dollars to lease the latest technology from the colocation facility. This gives you access to the latest server and network technology that may otherwise be cost prohibitive for you.
If you rely on customized equipment, such as for data monitoring and collecting, you can have the facility host and maintain the equipment. Again, you won't have to deal with the physical, environmental and security issues required to maintain the computing equipment.
You Have an Easier Path to Growth
Capacity planning becomes an important, yet complicated, task when you're ready to expand the business. Determining how much computing capacity you will need takes skilled resources and you run the risk of purchasing too much or not enough to support your growth. When using a colocation facility, you have access to people who will help you expand your technology as you grow so you always have enough resources to support whatever level of growth your business is experiencing. As growth ebbs and flows, the resources shift with you.
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