Before you consider purchasing a new data centre for your business, it’s important to determine which approach is most cost-effective. Do you intend your company to manage the data centre or will you outsource this responsibility to a third party?

If you’re unsure which option’s right for you, let us break it down for you.

Keep it in the family  –

Managing data yourself gives you more control over your hardware and software, plus you can make sure suitable security protocols are in place and being followed. It might also be cheaper than paying someone externally to manage it.

Businesses managing their own data don’t have to keep everything on-site either. You can lease a space to store your data centre hardware, while you still manage it yourself. This can give your firm greater independence and flexibility without taking up valuable office space.

The downside? A remotely located data centre can require more time to manage and maintain, meaning this route may be more suitable for enterprises with a small IT output.

Outsource it

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Paying a third-party company to host and manage your data centre is often the most convenient option, as long as you find a reputable service. If you’re worried about completely surrendering control of your data, you can always choose to only host certain sections of your IT infrastructure externally. This could be advantageous in the context of backup and disaster recovery, for example.

Your shopping list

When you’re ready to buy your hardware, you’ll want to consult the ‘tier’ rating’. This rating runs from one to four, with tier-four products having less downtime, more availability and fault-tolerant components that guarantee better security.

It’s also important to bear in mind that power supply is critical for any data centre. Advanced facilities may be connected to two separate grid sectors, so if one fails, the second will ensure the data centre doesn’t lose power and all your data remains accessible and safe.

Some feature block batteries too, which keep all applications running awhile longer in the event of a power failure. An uninterruptible power supply also compensates for voltage and frequency fluctuations, protecting components from spikes and surges in power.

These machines run hot, so you’ll want to ensure your set-up has sufficient cooling and servers are installed in racks to allow the air to circulate.

If you really want to keep costs down you can always buy the right components and build your own data centre. This route will be dependent on your own technical prowess, and is not recommended for the inexperienced.

The centre of your business

A data centre is a crucial part of any enterprise, and definitely one you’ll want to get right. Do your homework, explore your options and invest in the right set-up to keep your company running smoothly for years to come.

We offer a variety of IT services  businesses in the Parramatta & Sydney area. Ask us today on how which datacenter setup is right for you.