Why do I need a data center? I am in a high-rise structure in Denver and my IT is always up. Every day, I come to work and my phones, IT servers, and Wi-Fi are all up and running - until they are not.
Imagine if you will, a power outage taking out over six blocks of Denver’s infrastructure leaving buildings relying on small emergency generators to power an entire building – see Denver news for 11/7/2017. To further reduce reliability, these buildings only have small diesel generators with no UPS backups for load transition to keep critical IT gear alive.
Many companies residing in large structures often think the power (and cooling) are high enough quality they can run a mini data center out of them. This is an egregious error which will ultimately result in loss of IT capabilities.
Why are high-rise structures not suited for IT deployments?
How do you solve this issue and not break the bank? I want to keep my own equipment and team but I don’t have a place suitable based on the criteria above.
Get your equipment in a state-of-the-art data center. Why?
So that side of business continuity? When the building goes dark and your employees cannot access their equipment and data - what is your plan? If your servers are in a high-rise, it will probably be to look for a new employer, as you might not make it through a lengthy outage. SOLUTION? Yep, a co-lo data center enabling you to be the hero, with your data and applications served up from the cloud. Your company meetings may now be taking place at the local coffee shop, but they are just as productive as they were the day before it all went dark. And your colleagues get to tell you what a great job you did saving the day!
Unless you really want to exercise your DR plan, utilize a data center. And enjoy the praise - with a side of business continuity.
Senior Director of Information Security and IT Infrastructure
Bruce Beam is the Senior Director of Information Security and IT Infrastructure at CoreSite and brings over 20 years of experience in communications and IT.Read more from this author