Besides growth, CEO’s cite investing in technology is their highest priority for the next few years. 31% of CEO’s said new products and technology is their biggest focus. This is the highest response in favor of IT in the history of the Gartner CEO Survey.
42% of companies have already begun digital transformation. With the increased possibilities of integrated AI, cloud computing, data analytics, and IoT (internet of things) this should come as no surprise.
But for business owners and IT professionals who are trying to stay ahead of the curve, all of the server options can also lead to confusion. To eliminate this confusion, Managed colocation is often the best choice for many larger businesses.
Here are 5 things you need to know about managed colocation as you review server hosting options for your business.
1. Support When You Need It
While many businesses have employees who specialize in technology, these staff members may not have the specialized knowledge about managing servers. The new economy is one of specialization and innovation and businesses need to focus on their core competency.
As businesses increase their IT needs it is important to have the right support and processes in place to head off issues. A managed colocation service will provide a much higher level of support and service in handling IT than most organizations can support internally.
With managed colocation services companies at VPS House, you receive 24×7 support with a guaranteed response within 15 minutes. You’ll always know that the person answering your question is a server expert, with no need to hire additional staff on your end.
2. Colocation Expands With Your Needs
The quality of data, and the requirements for companies to leverage that data is changing faster than many businesses can keep up. The digital transformation is making way for a new consumer-centric economy that depends on a solid foundation for growth.
Experts point out that data is the new oil. Data speeds, data analysis, and data support are the foundation for the new economy.
How Much Data?
The data created and copied every year is projected to reach 180 zettabytes by 2025. Moving this amount of data through a broadband internet connection would take over 450 million years.
Businesses are just starting to tap the possibilities of edge computing, IoT, AI, and cloud computing. While it is impossible to forecast exactly what your server needs will be, colocation offers an expandable solution. Managed colocation allows you to add and remove servers from your rack as needed, and we’re here 24×7 to facilitate all hands on support.
3. Integration as a Solution
The migration of data to a managed server is a huge undertaking. Unfortunately, without due diligence ahead of time the costs and efforts involved can be astronomical.
One of the best solutions to possible migration issues is the integrated approach that managed solutions allow for. Companies can migrate portions of their needs with a scalable solution.
This reduces the strain of a single transition and allows companies to transition internal processes and human resources as well.
4. Disaster Recovery
Between cybercrime and environmental hazards, there has never been a greater need for disaster recovery support. Colocation allows companies the full benefit of multiple locations along with the managed services to help secure data.
Managed services will dovetail best practices for disaster recovery with the internal needs of every organization.
The risks companies face is growing over time. As the IoT grows in use half of businesses will use it by 2020. This technology allows for more security risks.
Companies need the secure hosting and proven processes available with managed services to address their needs.
The Challenges of Security
There have been huge spikes in cybercrime recently. From ransomware that knocks out computer networks to hackers breaking into the CIA, there is more risk than ever.
In addition, this past year was one of the worst storm years on record. Businesses faced the challenges of both disaster recovery and business continuity.
Companies that recognize the need for planning and colocation are ahead of the curve. With properly managed services they can assure zero disruptions to operations and the ability to restore data as required.
5. Cost Savings and Value
The value of managed services is that companies can get a blend of expert support with substantial cost savings. These cost savings are measured far beyond the impact of server costs and colocation SLA’s.
Human Resources demands on your organization will be decreased along with the support infrastructure required. In addition, colocation services don’t just decrease costs.
Your services and support will be more appealing to clients and customers. By offering services with proven support, a track record of uptime, and solid technology you will be creating a competitive advantage as well.