Why are companies moving primary data centers to wholesale colocation facilities like Lifeline Data Centers? Part 6

Why are companies moving primary data centers to wholesale colocation facilities like Lifeline Data Centers? If the company is faced with the challenge of moving a data center, it makes sense to evaluate outsource data center as an alternative to building a new one.

Risk management
Moving a data center is risky. Building a new data center adds risk to the move. If the company's cost of downtime is low, the risk is probably low. But if an extended computer room outage could endanger the company, then the risk is high. Using an affordable colocation facility with 99.995% uptime can simplify the move and reduce risk.

Data center uptime
Building a facility with Rated-4 data center uptime levels (99.995% uptime and better) is capital intensive. Requirements include two power feeds, two generators, two UPS systems, two HVAC systems, and at least two of a few more expensive assets. This N+N data center redundancy (two of everything) is the key to the high uptime levels. Companies that build their own data centers often cut corners on these redundancy levels because they are so expensive. And with every budget cut, the company adds to the risk of an extended outage. The right wholesale data center can offer a level of uptime that matches company requirements. Affordable colocation facilities that offer high data center uptime can reduce long-term costs.

The last data center move
Moving a data center to a wholesale colocation facility can be the last data center move a company makes. Moving the primary data center to an outsource data center eliminates the complex telecommunications and data center build out costs from the new location. A company can move people and assets without having to move a data center.

Why are companies moving primary data centers to wholesale colocation facilities?

If a company is thinking of building a new data center, the right wholesale colocation facility can offer lower risk in a lower-cost data center pricing model, with 99.995% uptime or better.

If a company is faced with the challenge of moving a data center, the right wholesale colocation facility with high uptime and cheap access to multiple carriers can be the last data center move a company has to make.

In Part 7 of this series, we’ll address how wholesale colocation can help better manage power costs.

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.
Alex Carroll