Think back to 10, or even just five, years ago. When you needed to address your data infrastructure and disaster recovery, what did you do? If you’re like most companies, you scouted out potential secondary data center sites and started building. Today, with hybrid cloud, collocation sites and managed service options, there is virtually no reason for any company to do this.
Or, as Laz Vekiarides, our co-founder and CTO, puts it in his recent article for Disaster Recovery Journal: the traditional data center is dead. Don’t worry, though, this is good news. No longer is your company tasked with the arduous task of building its own data centers, staffing them and managing them. You can make use of the technology out there to make this part of your business much more efficient.
In the article, Laz describes five ways that you can build a better disaster recovery environment without physically building data centers. As Laz points out, however, “somehow, I still talk to CIOs who go through the process.”
One of the most compelling benefits is getting off the enterprise storage treadmill. There are a couple reasons why getting off the treadmill IS a real option today: access to colocation facilities and TCO.
Access to colocation options
If your company is like most others, you’re under a lot of pressure to downsize your IT infrastructure through initiatives like hybrid cloud and converged infrastructure. At this point, basically all the core IT functions are available through an as-a-service model, so why would you continually add capital cost like hardware and secondary locations? Primary storage, disaster recovery, business continuity, they’re all available as a service, and widely available.
TCO vs. on-premises
Of course, before you decide on anything related to IT strategy, you have to step back and evaluate a few things about what you really need, what you have access to and even your future goals. It’s here where colocation and as-a-service offerings can really shine. Even with hardware prices coming down, the total cost of a secondary data center can get out of control, with data growth, replication, maintenance, management and staffing to consider. That’s before even considering the performance and scalability requirements of the cloud.
When you really dig into the choice of secondary data center versus managed service offerings, you’ll find it’s not a choice at all. We’ll leave the last word on this to Laz, “The secondary data center is dead, and the future of IT is brighter as a result.”
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