1. Risk Mitigation
Creating distance between your Boston IT corporate headquarters and its Data Center eliminates the risk of a single event—such as a utility blackout or a natural disaster—taking out both facilities. Having distance between the headquarters and the data center is ideal, as this allows the team reasonable access to the data center, as well as a buffer of distance from the main hub.
2. Speed of Delivery
Building a new data center or upgrading an existing one can take up to two years. Today’s data center operators provide an available inventory of space and power, offering the flexibility for expansion and a significant growth platform that can reduce the time to occupancy.
3. Discounted Power Costs
Although you may not think of this one, power is one of the largest cost components in a data center. Large-scale data center operators typically consume 100 to 200 watts per square foot of space, which enables them to negotiate very favorable rates with public utilities. In a data center hub market, power can cost 40 to 60 percent less than the national average. Saving your company a big chunk of change!
CIOs with in-house data centers have to require key IT team members to spend a significant amount of time keeping their data centers running. These efforts chip away time that could be spent enabling IT to develop strategies for higher-powered rack densities, virtualization and ever-changing data storage needs. In an outsourced data center model, the operator bears the burden of upgrading and building systems, which enables the CIO and IT team to focus on their highest goals and best activities to support the business.
5. Regulatory Compliance/Audits
In today’s business climate, more and more data falls under government or industry protection and retention regulations. Maintaining these compliance standards is difficult without dedicated staff and resources. The outsourced data center model comes with compliance and audit capabilities to satisfy all standards, and many other requirements that challenge corporate data.