Darren Peterson, Vice President of Commercial Product Marketing for Consolidated Communications, recently participated in a panel discussion regarding data centers for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Read further to find out the 2017 trends, opportunities and challenges for businesses...
Today’s IT managers are no longer responsible for the day-to-day technical operations of an organization. At least, they shouldn’t be. IT managers should be strategic thinkers who guide the organization’s technological vision rather than spend time on tasks that can easily be handled by their staff. Engaging a data center colocation partner can be one of the best ways to facilitate freeing your IT resources.
Thanks to technological advancements, organizations can outsource their IT infrastructure to a managed services provider. With colocation, businesses rent different facets of a data center instead of buying them. IT managers can rent and outsource everything from servers, storage, and networking equipment to ancillary data center features, such as space, heating and cooling, and physical security.
The demands on IT operations for applications, processing, storage, and reporting never stop growing, and when growth is measured in square feet, that can be costly. Fortunately, increasing capability doesn’t necessarily require corresponding growth in data center size. In fact, it may be possible to shrink the facility even while capacity expands, reducing costs of power and cooling along with “real estate” requirements.