Ever get a question that bounces around in your head and no matter how hard you try, the answer just eludes you? I have had just that this last week, so I’m hoping by writing this blog I can get an answer.
So here is my question – What would make a company/organisation move from their own datacentre to a co-location facility like ours?
Firstly, let me add some clarity to that, because some of you are probably thinking this is a bit simplistic. There are loads of reasons! Better up time, cost savings, current DC keeps failing, office move etc. The list could go on. These are all reasons people would give who have made the decision and all are very valid. They are typically driven by the IT department and are in response to a specific risk/issue/project (sometimes all of these).
What I mean is, how does a lowly (I mean that by virtue of a datacentre being low down the stack) datacentre guy like me, persuade a senior (often non IT) member of a company/organisation to consider moving their datacentre when they have no risk/issue/project demanding it. Imagine if an estate agent called you up out of the blue and said “Hi – I’ve got this great house for you, its better that your current one, should save you some money and its in a safer neighbourhood” but you were quite happy with your current house and had no desire to move. What would you say? You would probably say “no thanks” and then get back to whatever it is you were doing.
I guess, to follow my estate agent analogy above, if the agent was able to understand your life plans for the next 5 years, they might have a chance. If they (somehow) knew you were planning to have kids and your current house was not in a good place for schools and the new one was, it might just get your attention.
The most likely answer I have come up with so far to my question relates to the title of this blog. Being in your own (single tenant) datacentre in this age of public/private/hybrid cloud must be the equivalent to having a house in a wilderness. Imagine, every time you wanted to consume a service that a city dweller takes for granted such as water, electricity or (God forbid) broadband, you had to pay a fortune to the provider (assuming they would even do it) and wait months to get what you wanted? It would certainly hold back your plans and make you think twice, unless you wanted the isolation and had no need for such services.