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Data Centre – Optimise your data environment for business success

Data has never before been so talked about, so expensive or so plentiful. In an average day, we produce 2.5 quintillion bytes of data and send 294 billion emails, 500 billion Tweets, 65 billion WhatsApp messages, and create four petabytes of data on Facebook.

That’s a lot of data. And in a business context, the question of where to keep it is a big decision. It’s not only a question of location but of security, compliance and cost. Before the internet was invented and databases were small, it was easy enough to run a small server in the office. But things have changed. Globalisation, the internet and digitalisation have foisted a different set of decisions on organisations’ IT teams: do you keep your data in your own data centre, or in a physical / virtual data centre – or is a combination of on-premise and data centre the happiest medium?

So, let’s have a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each option:

Owned data centre

In-house data centres are owned by the company and controlled on the company premises or at a standalone data centre. Companies that need continuous end-user access may decide that it’s too great a risk to store apps and data in the public cloud – if the internet connection goes down, they would be stuck. There is also some distrust of cloud providers, not helped by the almost daily reports of hacking and viruses.

The obvious benefits are that you can expand or change it whenever you want, as well as having 24/7 access to the hardware for maintenance and troubleshooting any issues. The downside – and it’s a big one – is cost. Expanding server space because your business is doing well is all very well but if you need to scale back for any reason, you’ve still got to deal with the costs of the hardware, maintenance, staffing, bandwidth, power, cooling…the list does tend to run on.

Physical / virtual data centre

A data centre is owned by a third party. Rather like renting a house where the landlord is responsible for maintenance and anything that goes wrong, the data centre owner is responsible for all costs associated with running it. If you need more server space, you can scale up quickly and flexibly. Your business can adapt to its growth and success with ease.

And then there is the provision of important IT services such as data storage, backup and recovery, data management and networking – all taken care of.

The challenge that business owners face

As business continues to adopt more cloud-based services, the traditional local-based systems will not disappear. Management of IT processes, data and the application platforms will become ever more complex. But complexity has always been part of IT, so developing solid work processes and investing in technology can harness the complexity and bring back some of the stability needed for the future.

Rachel Preston, August 2019

To succeed, there are certain markers that have become business-critical: the ability to scale, the flexibility to go-to-market quickly, keep costs down and efficiencies high, ensure your data is secure as possible and comply with market and country regulations. And if your on- premise legacy infrastructure is no longer doing the job, it might be wise to consider a data centre / cloud solution. So – what happens next if that’s your decision?

Data migration is the process of moving data from one location to another, in one format to another, or from app to app. It can be a complicated and fraught process, and a successful migration will have a number of strategic steps worked out well in advance, with all key stakeholders onboard and coordinated. Nevertheless, migration is not an easy or quick process, and there are many pitfalls. Fortunately, at Allvotec, we have been helping customers with their data solutions for the past 30 years. We can help you identify the right cloud environment for your business, without sacrificing your legacy investment.

Allvotec has 11 UK data centres to host infrastructure and services. Aligned to Tier-3 standards, they deliver the security, resilience and support required to ensure the safety and reliability of your customers’ critical infrastructure. Our resilient data centre infrastructure and 30 years’ experience is complemented by a number of industry-recognised accreditations covering information security (ISO27001) and environmental management (ISO14001) as well as the ability to accommodate government-recognised requirements.

Working in partnership with you, we ensure your customers have the best-fit solution to deliver their data, applications and services to support their business outcomes. Everything you need can be delivered by Allvotec end-to-end, freeing you up to concentrate on your business and its success.

If you’d like to know what Allvotec can offer your business complete our contact form. At Allvotec, together we can.