Is It Time to Colocate your IT Infrastructure?

Most of the businesses that we work with have some of their IT solutions hosted or delivered remotely from cloud providers. What remains onsite is usually servers that provide access to file sharing, user management and maybe run a couple of applications. That infrastructure is often physically unsecured and located in a less than desirable closet, or worse yet, in a hot cabinet somewhere in the office.

It does not have to be that way, today there are many options for getting the last of your onsite infrastructure moved to the cloud or collocated in a datacenter that is physically and virtually secure, has power and data redundancy and is properly designed for environmental control.

Many business owners are aware of Microsoft’s Office 365 or Google G Suite used for hosted email, file sharing and desktop applications. What you may not be aware of is that many of these companies are building out additional compute capabilities that could allow you to get rid of those file servers in the office. These clouds based solutions are now capable of hosting applications, user management and other services that historically needed to reside on local servers. Of course, you will need a fast and reliable connection to the internet, but here in northern Nevada there are more options becoming available to most areas.

The other option for getting the servers out of the closet is to colocate them in a datacenter that is specifically designed to house many different businesses and systems in a secure facility. For northern Nevada, we are fortunate to have one of the finest of these facilities right next door. With the opening of Switch at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Complex, your servers can be cozily sitting in a protected environment while you access your services through an internet connection from wherever you are.

Of course, as with anything technology related, it is not necessarily as simple as loading up your truck and driving out to Switch. Moving servers, rebuilding the network environment and ensuring that the proper connectivity is in place in not a trivial task and it is one that is best left to a professional. Also, since Switch is a high security environment, you or your technology partner has to have the proper credentials just to enter the building.

As you build out cloud and colocation services for remotely accessing IT solutions you are also enabling growth by making these services available from anywhere your employees or clients may reside. These solutions used to be expensive and technically difficult to manage, but technology advancements have brought the costs down to the point where small business can have the same solutions as large companies.