For years, cloud has made this seductive promise: No CapEx! Infinitely scalable resources! Access to IT tools and systems that small businesses and startups could only dream of 15 years ago! And all for a reasonable price!
Sure, there were some security concerns. There’s always some hiccups with load balancing and uptime requirements. And it’s a major undertaking to set it all up. But public cloud services have now succeeded in the least desirable way — we’re all used to the benefits now, and the limitations are starting to chafe.
Or, perhaps due to regulatory or security concerns, you’ve never been able to utilize cloud up to this point. Perhaps you’ve been maintaining an on-premises server room that you’re rapidly outgrowing. Perhaps you really need the flexibility and scalability of cloud, but the most obvious solutions definitely aren’t going to work for your situation. But something needs to change.
Why Change Gears?
It’s become pretty clear that cloud, as a solution, has “won.” It’s cheap, scalable, and it allows companies to focus on the business at hand rather than their IT infrastructure. Legacy on-premises solutions are either a massive CapEx burden or they’re totally unable to meet the growing technical demands of a 21st century business — or both.
But public cloud has too many limitations. If your organization:
- has compliance requirements that demand owned infrastructure
- has legacy applications that need coddling
- has needs that are particularly demanding of high performance
- has large scale or long term data storage requirements
- needs to maintain testing environments
…among other characteristics, you may not want to risk anything but the least critical infrastructure to a company you don’t control.
These are the sorts of issues that can keep a company locked into analysis paralysis. The impact of a wrong move will be critical. But we can offer a step-in solution.
Data Centers to Cover the Downside
If a server room is too small, or doesn’t offer enough redundancy, then clearly a data center is the next logical step. But the cost to lease and provision a data center is enormous, and that is on top of your pre-existing workload!
Colocation can be the interim solution. With colocation, you’re renting a space that is less than a whole data center, but still provides total physical access control and allows you to supply your own hardware.
Colocation is also very scalable. You can start with a single rack and expand as needed. You can also add some flexibility and disaster preparedness by splitting your load in multiple locations. For instance, you could have 3 racks in one of our Virginia data centers and three in one of our California data centers.
No More Sharing
With colocation, you’re no longer sharing resources with other tenants. This gives you total control over load balancing, spinning up virtual environments on the fly, and if there’s a surge in demand at an inopportune time, well, at least it’s your surge, and not the 8pm nationwide Netflix binge.
What About CapEx?
If you’re not wild about outfitting your own data center (or even just your corner of a data center) and your compliance issues don’t require it, welcome to the wonderful world of private cloud hosting, where we provide the hardware. It’s the best of both worlds between multi-tenant cloud and colocation: locked down access and dedicated computing resources, but without having to buy your own hardware.
Remember, It’s Not All-or-Nothing
Private cloud is only one option, and it doesn’t have to be your only option. You might choose to maintain some on-premises resources and handle a few things through colocation, in addition to managed hosting. You may even retain colocation as a backup or deep storage once you’ve grown into a full Virtual Private Data Center of your own.
That’s part of what makes the problem so thorny — there are a ton of configuration possibilities, and you need someone familiar with the details to help you work through your priorities and constraints.
Let us help you go over your options and design a strategy that works. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get right back to you.