Africa’s digital landscape is changing at a rapid rate. As data becomes increasingly mission critical, in-house management is becoming more and more challenging. IT professionals are facing numerous issues, and organisations of all sizes and across all industry sectors are considering outsourcing the hosting of their data and looking at colocation as part of their ongoing IT strategy.
Why Colocation should be part of your IT Strategy
As an IT professional, you may be facing some, or all of these challenges:
- Insufficient space in corporate data centre
- Lack of redundancy
- High cost of compliance
- IT skills shortage
- Need to meet Green policies
- Optimising budget
Outsourcing any mission-critical element of your organisation requires careful consideration. However, if you are experiencing any of the above points, you should be considering the key benefits of incorporating colocation into your IT strategy.
With long-standing expertise in both data centre operation and supporting clients manage their digital assets, we are well placed to work with organisations in extending their businesses within and across Africa. We understand the issues, and offer unparalleled levels of client interaction, expert assistance and partnership in tailoring solutions that match each of our client’s needs.
Key Benefits of Colocation
Redundancy and Uptime
No need to budget for contingencies to ensure continuation of service and maintaining the necessary duplication of:
- Power feeds
- Backup generators
- Cooling systems
Opex vs Capex
Outsourcing colocation facilities into a third-party data centre is more cost-effective and tax-efficient than operating an in-house data management facility. Colocation becomes an opex cost as opposed to needing to purchasing equipment – a capital expense. In addition, a facility provider continually invests in the latest technology and efficiency solutions, so you always have access to the latest technology and expertise to help you manage your data and expand your business.
Professional Expertise 24/7/365
A data centre has the advantage of dedicated, fully trained staff monitoring the network and facility 24/7/365. You will get an immediate response to any issues arising and our highly experienced team of professionals are ready to advise you on tailoring your requirements to achieve the maximum flexibility and efficiency, based on your individual needs.
You have the confidence that the data centre will remain compliant with all current and future standards, such as PCI, HIPAA, SSAE-16 and HIGHTECH.
Minimising Environmental Impact
Green issues are becoming increasingly important to every business. Colocation providers design facilities with energy efficiency in mind, and are continually investing in the most efficient green energy sources available.
Over time, the digital needs of a business may change. Colocation offers the flexibility to grow without consideration of current in-house IT restrictions, or to easily scale down if necessary.