Considering whether to build or expand your data center or relocate your IT systems to a colocation facility? In almost all cases, colocation is the better choice; especially for small to medium requirements. One reason is the cost and major capital expenditures required to build out a data center – even if only for a few cabinets – and to ensure it is secure.

Here’s what’s necessary:

  • Redundant Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)
  • Redundant fuel powered Generators
  • Redundant Air Conditioning systems
  • Fire Suppression systems
  • 24/7 Security Systems with Video Monitoring
  • Network Switching Systems, Power Distribution Units, Cabling Systems
  • Monitoring and Alert Systems
  • Multiple Internet carriers (for redundancy)
  • Knowledgeable personnel to operate the data center
  • Certifications for the data center such as SSAE-18 (SOC 1 Type 2)

There are additional considerations for companies located in Connecticut that make the colocation case even more compelling:

 

Conditions In CT Impact on Data Center Build/Colo Decision Favors
Cost of living is very high Hard to hire and retain IT infrastructure experts Colo
Many financial services cos Targeted by cyber criminals, need top security Colo
Real Estate very expensive To Build, cost is higher, ROI longer Colo
Compliance Requirements Require secure facilities with proper certifications Colo