The role of IT departments — for all types and sizes of organizations — continues to morph to adjust to each new advance in technology, which continues to peel farther and faster away from traditional office technology paradigms all the time. Data Center Knowledge indicates “That new role has less to do with managing disparate bits of infrastructure and more to do with selecting the best infrastructure strategy to provide a specific service,” which basically means that colocation centers with massive servers and cloud-based servers offer the next wave in data storage.
When IT professionals release the long-standing philosophy that care and tending of the company’s computer system needs to stay on-site and in their physical realm, they will find amazing new tools at their disposal to let their business’s data and communication soar while saving time, money and other essential resources.
Forget Hardware, Forget Software, Forget the Infrastructure…Embrace Colocation and the Cloud
No matter what the sector — whether private, healthcare, government, insurance or financial — it is critical that IT leaders recognize and help their CEOs and other decision-makers understand the value of moving beyond on-site data storage and management and embracing off-site resources via colocation or cloud technology services. In order to serve clients in the fast-paced high-technology world, business leaders need to boldly explore new technology, in terms of delivery, application and storage. By creating a supportive environment to search for new options, the company’s leaders are helping foster an environment for IT to acquire, install and develop that technology to quickly bring staff up to speed. With the end goal set as better serving clients, aiming for an infrastructure strategy is an adaptation many organizational leaders might consider well worth the time and effort to free IT staff to act more as an intermediary between the data center and the office and clients.
What Is This Bold New World of Infrastructure Strategies and Off-Site Servers?
While many IT professionals know the basics of colocation, or “colo,” and cloud technology, this amazing virtual resource continually evolves to the benefit of clients. All upkeep falls on the shoulders of the data centers without burdening their clients with the need for hardware upgrades. Data Center Dynamics reported in 2014 that “the market is not a real estate business, and faces issues including the depreciation of technology, and competition from services in the cloud – which are simple to migrate to.” Cloud computing works in tandem with colo centers but are not in the same facility. Instead, a cloud computing network spans the globe, relying on shared resources.
Hybrid cloud storage offers the best solutions, as well as contingencies for reaching storage capacities, when it comes to meeting the full potential in cloud storage. Colocation facilities that offer hybrid solutions that often include data silos that support the next generation of cloud based applications and feature a bin where they can place fragments of unstructured data to make the best use of existing space. Colo centers increasingly search for a nearby cloud technology service provider or do their best to hire someone in-house, which gives customers the chance to bypass the internet for greater speed.
With benefits that include better latency, strong reputation, service continuity, stellar performance, top-notch security, superior data protection and easy compliance, embracing infrastructure strategies offers IT leaders an exciting set of solutions.