Knowledge is power. As a colocation customer, can you imagine having real-time information on the power, cooling, and relative humidity being supplied to your IT assets available 24/7 on your mobile device? Plus, what if there were a way to verify whether or not your SLAs are being fulfilled?
Two of the most influential benefits in data center solutions are scalability and cost. These two advantages have the potential to impact data center performance the most. They also are key reasons for a business migrating to a service provider’s data center colocation facility. When a business builds its own on-premise data center, it has a challenging task of determining the best size. The facility must meet current requirements, but it must also be able to address future capacity needs.
Based out of Chandler, AZ, BASELAYER was spun out of IO in December of 2014. Currently, IO is the second largest private data center operator in the world. Prior to the new entity, BASELAYER OS was known as IO.OS – a data center management platform – and served more than 600 enterprises through IO’s colocation business.
An enterprise data center and a colocation data center have different Data Center Infrastructure Management needs. Colocation houses many different types and sizes of customers, while an enterprise data center houses one. These needs are different enough that many DCIM software providers have released colocation-specific offerings. Colocation is a large potential market opportunity for them, as more businesses become comfortable with outsourcing, and they don’t want to miss out.
In the past decade, companies in many industries have discovered the benefits of colocation. A purpose-built data center provides a safe and stable physical environment for a company’s critical computing systems, with sufficient power, cooling, and connectivity to guarantee server uptime and availability.
IO colocation is powering New York City-based Loud Partners’ managed services business. Loud Partners has doubled its capacity at IO, and moved from a shared data center environment to modular data center infrastructure.
IO allows Loud Partners to offer colocation services without them having to invest resources in building and maintaining their own data center.
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There are a lot of approaches to expanding data center capacity – build new, upgrade existing infrastructure, establish colocation facilities. Each has its pros and cons. But larger companies, whether large data users or data services providers, often have the opportunity to acquire the data center assets of another firm. Perhaps the company is expanding through acquisition or is making a strategic move to expand to another market and sees an acquisition as a quick expansion path.
Data center power, from power distribution to power protection, is part of the due diligence required, and goes far beyond just assessing the age of the backup generator or power protection and distribution equipment.
For financial directors and IT directors, colocation provides the perfect win-win scenario, providing cost savings and delivering state-of-the-art infrastructure. When comparing the capabilities of a standard server room to a colocation solution, an assessment of the power alone demonstrates the gap between in-house solutions and utilizing the expertise of a specialist.
When businesses are on the fast track and experiencing growth, they often find themselves in need of additional storage space for their data. Whether it’s adding additional applications for email, streaming or other critical resource-intensive applications, businesses must make the decision to lease data center space or build an in-house storage infrastructure.