Colocated Services Are Right For Your Business

IMG_1972The biggest competitor against colocated data center businesses isn’t other data center businesses; More often than not, you’ll find that cloud service providers are becoming the main competition.

When businesses begin to utilize colocation, they’ll find that they have more control over their workloads when compared to using an IaaS cloud provider. Businesses can begin to see inherit advantages in using colocated infrastructure, depending on the requirements of your business.

In some industries, organizations are unable to take chances on storing data in the public cloud. With others, businesses may find that they get better performance when building out servers using bare metal infrastructure.

Let’s take a closer look at the reasons a business would select colocation service provider over a cloud IaaS provider.

IMG_2001-X2The Ability to Host Bare Metal Servers

As we briefly mentioned above, being able to host bare metal servers in a colocated data center ensures your workload the ability to operate without having to worry about a cloud service failure that would somehow impact the accessibility of your services.

By hosting your apps on a bare metal server, your business will be able to rapidly pinpoint a problem, should one occur, rather than wait for a response from a cloud service provider on a potential widespread outage. Some system administrators just like having full control over their servers.

With bare metal servers, your business will be able know every spec on the hardware that your apps are running upon. This can prove to be important, should want to replicate every exact metric of your workload elsewhere.

When you colocate with a  provider like ColoCrossing, you can rest assured that your bare metal servers are being colocated in a data center that possesses SSAE 16 certifications or other types of industry recognized security certifications in which protocols are in place that help prevent unauthorized access to your physical servers.

IMG_2245Guaranteed Data Privacy with Colo

When you colocate your servers, you have as much privacy over your servers that you choose to setup.

You could even deploy a separate private network inside of a colocated data center in order to work on your development platform that is completely segmented from your production environment.

Putting your servers in a colocated data center gives your business all of the security that you choose to configure on your servers. When you utilize cloud, there is a whole other layer of security that you must learn.

The Problem with Using Cloud Platforms

Administrators only know what they currently know, therefore, using cloud IaaS provider requires a working knowledge of the principles surrounding that specific cloud platform.

These skills are currently fetching a premium in the job market. While that’s great news for cloud job seekers; the cost of having to pay someone who is competent in the latest cloud technologies certainly contributes to the hidden cost of buying cloud services.

Hiring someone who is incompetent on these skills could cost your business even more. When you build out your infrastructure using colocation services, you’ll be hire talent that is competent in traditional networking scenarios.

Consider these factors when weighing colo versus cloud.

Critical IT Services Better Suited for Colocated Data Centers

DSC_0518When you begin building out IT infrastructure for your business, it is important to devise a strategy that helps your organization gain the most value from its resources.

When you begin pricing IT services, you’ll likely become bombarded with companies trying to sell you a cloud solution. While some cloud services may justify the monthly expense, your organization can likely save money by colocating hardware in a data center.

Let’s take a closer look at critical IT services that are better suited to be deployed using a colocation solution.

Hypervisors

Hyper-V and VMware continue to dominate the hypervisor market with most companies using these solutions for their corporate workloads.

While VMware and Hyper-V virtual machines can be spun up in a cloud, many organizations prefer to use their own hardware when deploying VMs.

Why? When you deploy in a cloud, how can you be certain that data is safe from attacks that are specifically designed to compromise cloud containers?

While these attacks haven’t been discovered in the wild, the threat of a hypervisor breakout attack is a top concern of those tasked with keeping corporate data secure.

can you hear me now?PBX and Phone Systems

ColoCrossing’s data centers can provide your business with rich bandwidth that will allow your organization to setup telephony systems for your end users.

There is a plethora of cloud based VoIP solutions out there that bill you per user, per month. While it may seem like less of a hassle to pay a cloud vendor for telephone services, you might be surprised to find that it is easier and more cost effective than you’d think to build your own enterprise phone system.

One popular system is called FreePBX, which is open source. This phone system can be downloaded from the FreePBX.org website.

CRMs

Some cloud vendors such as SalesForce have made a business model out of delivering a superb CRM product in the cloud.

When your business needs a basic CRM that keeps track of your leads, several popular open source CRM platforms exist that can get the job done.

Many businesses simply lease a dedicated server and setup the software they prefer. Popular CRMs used on dedicated servers are SuiteCRM, FreeCRM, and vTiger.

Active Directory/LDAP

For some organizations, there may be peace of mind in having your Active Directory or LDAP infrastructure hosted on dedicated hardware.

Recently, Microsoft Azure’s Active Directory authentication service suddenly became unavailable for much of Europe on December 3rd 2015.

Since these users were unable to authenticate, they were unable to login to their Office 365 email, access their OneDrive files or access any other service that required their Azure AD privileges.

This high profile outage was resolved within hours, however, the impact was felt as many users took to social media to vent their frustrations.

When your business uses colocated servers to host your corporate authentication infrastructure, you can ensure that your users always have the ability to authenticate rapidly and reliably in order to gain access to the services you host.