Data Centers are like the brain of a company, because it is where the most business-critical processes are run and controlled. However, the hardest aspects of Data Centers are usually the location and costs associated with them. Data Centers can range from a few pieces of hardware that hosts corporate data to entire rooms filled with machines and devices housing business applications, large databases, and more.
Some organizations have begun to utilize Cloud Computing and Virtualization to minimize costs, free up office space, and experience faster computing power. Others have outsourced their Data Center to relieve their IT departments of maintenance and service tasks that may be time consuming and requires constant monitoring. Lastly, there is the traditional approach of an on-prem Data Center that is fully maintained and operated by the company in-house.
Data Center Hosting
The location of your Data Center is just as crucial as the Data Center itself. ZAG can help your organization decide what would be best for your business. We can walk you through the different types of locations you can choose from.
Cloud Data Centers
Many businesses are choosing to put part or all of their Data Center in the Cloud. This can save costs by eliminating the need to buy hardware and equipment that can be too pricey for some organizations. Utilizing the Cloud also saves money on power distribution and cooling, computing, and labor. However, a private cloud may be necessary if there is a need to maintain full control over the data or your industry has security compliance requirements.
Hybrid Data Centers
The most common Data Center hosting combines the benefits of on-premise housing and Cloud storage. This way, organizations can house their business-critical applications and corporate data on-premise, while still using the cloud for virtual machines and back-ups.
On-Premise Data Center
Many organizations choose to host their Data Center in the same location as their company headquarters. This benefits businesses that have the physical capacity to house hardware, have local IT staff that can quickly access the Data Center and have the budget and expertise to keep the systems running optimally. On premise provides scalability and growth but may also be more difficult and costly to maintain.
Off-Site Data Center
Your Data Center may be in one or more locations, but the resources are yours. When a provider hosts solutions for you, they are responsible for whatever you contract them for – from the hardware and electricity to the applications and support they provide.