Outsourced IT infrastructure is becoming the norm in business today. It’s easy to see why, with the IT demands of a business changing often and the costs of keeping your infrastructure in-house increasing every year. But many businesses drag their heels about making the shift from in-house to outsourced IT because of the perception that it’s only the IT department that stands to benefit from an outsourced solution.
The truth is that IT in the modern enterprise has become an all-encompassing business function, and, when managed properly, could increase efficiency and drive down costs throughout your business.
In this blog, we’ll look at the truth of outsourcing your IT infrastructure to a data centre, and how it benefits operations within your organisation.
Data centres are a platform for peak performance and productivity
Many CIOs make the mistake of treating their data centre solution as a ‘hardware factory’ that exists entirely outside of the context of their business. In reality, though, it’s a hub that supports every application and system that forms the foundation of your business. Investing in a data centre that caters to your organisation’s needs means your applications and data are hosted securely, are always available, and are backed up and kept up-to-date while you focus on more important things. You’ll also be able to access all your data securely and on-demand. Ultimately, you get to enjoy all the benefits of state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, without having to budget for, plan or maintain it yourself.
Rest assured that your data is kept securely under lock and key
Nobody needs to be reminded that data security is a major concern for businesses worldwide. From start-ups to multinational corporations, every business is a target for cybercrime, and the effects could be anything from a minor inconvenience to a disaster that threatens the very survival of an organisation. A good data centre should be equipped with the latest in data security technology, and the best ones are consistently reviewing and improving the security they provide.
The type of security you’ll need depends on the precise nature and context of your business, and it’s worth identifying a solution that caters to what you’re looking for. Different data centre providers are likely to offer their own unique security policies, and some may suit your needs better than others. Internet Solutions, for example, offers a number of security options and lets you choose the one that suits your business best.
A data centre solution is cost effective and scalable to your changing needs
I touched on the cost-saving benefits of data centres earlier, but it isn’t just the lack of physical space, the maintenance and the accompanying staff that help you drive down costs. Outsourcing to a data centre means you can be far more agile with your infrastructure needs. If you want to add some server space that you’re not completely sure you’ll need, for example, you can quite easily change the amount of space you’re using in the data centre, rather than forking out more cash and installing new racks in your server room. This means that your data needs can expand organically as your business scales without the risk of over- or under-catering. In today’s marketplace, where businesses can grow exponentially in a very short space of time, this is crucial for staying ahead of demand.
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