Intelligent Data Centres Issue 35 - Page 42

HOSTING PROVIDERS SHOULD ALSO HAVE FURTHER SERVICE REDUNDANCY BUILT INTO THEIR FACILITIES .
EXPERT OPINION
About Lex Boost
Lex Boost is the Chief Executive Officer ( CEO ) of Leaseweb USA . He is responsible for the development and execution of Leaseweb ’ s core vision and strategy across the United States . With over 20 years ’ experience in the digital industry , he has gained leadership experience from a broad range of organisations and cultures , including both B2B and B2C markets , in start-ups , as well as large corporations .
4 . Scale
When an organisation needs to scale-up its server infrastructure or connectivity , a good colocation venue should have options in place to seamlessly add capacity and / or performance .
With high performance connectivity already in place , this is another situation where users can benefit from economies of scale .
5 . IT management
IT teams everywhere use Total Cost of Ownership ( TCO ) calculations to assess the value and impact of their technology spend . In most circumstances , colocation offers a better TCO over on-premises hosting , particularly around IT management where the colo provider is assuming some of the major responsibilities . As a result , in-house IT staff are also freed up to focus on more strategic tasks and objectives as they no longer have to focus on ‘ keeping the lights on ’.
6 . Service and support
While most companies still rely on their own IT staff to maintain their equipment in the colocation setting , it ’ s increasingly common to also build redundancy into the colocation infrastructure so technicians don ’ t have to travel to the data centre for each and every component malfunction or failure . Some data centres also offer the option of on-site support to ease the maintenance , service and support burden on busy IT staff .
For organisations that want to balance the availability of agile , high performance IT infrastructure with a manageable
OpEx cost model , colocation can offer an ideal solution .
In today ’ s mature data centre market , providers are differentiating themselves by offering better services that are competitively priced and geared towards the needs of IT-centric businesses . The result can be a winwin for digital businesses focused on meeting the needs of their staff and customers alike . ◊

HOSTING PROVIDERS SHOULD ALSO HAVE FURTHER SERVICE REDUNDANCY BUILT INTO THEIR FACILITIES .

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