Is your datacentre in a wilderness?

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.

fintech 2016

Coming back to my point, so isn’t being in your own datacentre already affecting your decisions, plans and ability to be agile? Why not just put everything in the cloud and be done with it then? Well, if you can do that then great – problem solved! In reality most organisations need a hybrid model and co-location is the best place to put your legacy platforms and private cloud.

Being in a co-location datacentre like ours gives you access to a marketplace of service providers, cloud providers, ISVs and numerous other industry specific providers who just happen to host in the same datacentre. It also gives you access to low cost, high speed, secure transit to other datacentres with yet more of the same and it gives you simple, cost effect access to peering services that allow you to connect directly to a world of public cloud providers. Oh and all of this is available pretty much on demand when you need it.

Embracing everything digital to drive transformation in your company/organisation means being agile and not being held back by your own datacentre and its location. The days of waiting months to deploy new services, connections and platforms are gone. I think it is a pretty good reason to consider making the move from that in house datacentre.

Go on, move your datacentre into a bustling metropolis like DataVita and see what happens. It’s all about the future and if you can see yours then we can help you get there.

BTW – if you are wondering about the image on this blog. It was done by Claire Mills @listenthinkdraw at Fintech 2016 in Scotland last week. It was this image and the discussions I had on the day that really got me thinking about this.