Running an IT comms room is an expensive business and the day-to-day costs are not going to get any cheaper, so is it time to consider a cheaper and more resilient off-site alternative?
Your business IT communications systems require:
- Physical space
- Clean power
- Reliable Internet connectivity
- Air conditioning
- IT staff to maintain it
This can represent a hefty part of your annual business expenditure when all these elements are taken into account.
Just power alone – when you consider the speed at which costs are rising – is a considerable outlay. The same can be said of real estate. And all these costs are compounded if your comms room fails in any way (due to a loss of power, connectivity or ideal environmental conditions) leaving your business without its main operational tool.
So moving your IT comms room seems to have two advantages – cost and resilience.
Firstly, cost. By taking advantage of a fixed term, fixed price contract, your business can source the rack space, power, air conditioning, etc, it needs at a fixed price for the next few years. You will not have to plan for and absorb price rises throughout the length of your contract.
Secondly, resilience. Our reliance on our hardware is increasing all the time. If you take an honest look at the way your business works and you believe you require 100% availability from your servers, you should consider a more resilient service. A remote comms room hosted in a secure data centre will give you the resilience you need.
You may have already considered all of this and have come under pressure from the board to consider cloud services. However, not every business is ready to take the plunge and using a local data centre for your IT comms room is a safe, cost-efficient step towards cloud IT.
As a data centre owner, we know we can link local businesses to their hosted servers at a very competitive price due to the reduced cost of connectivity afforded by their close proximity. This offers a cheaper and less risky alternative to running your own comms room.
So is now the right time to consider using an off-site comms room? I’d say so. The longer you leave it; the more costly your on-site comms room will become.