Growing business and non-business organizations need a robust enterprise infrastructure that can meet or exceed their user demands. A big and critical decision facing most CIOs is whether or not they must create their own data center. With numerous data center colocation providers and cloud hosting vendors vying for your company, most IT decision makers must crunch the numbers to determine the most effective solution.
To determine if you can set up your company’s data center, it’s advisable to weigh the benefits and cons of setting up a data center (centro de datos) infrastructure in your business. You must analyze different issues from all angles to ensure a perfect rollout. Here are the benefits of having your own data center.
An efficient data center offers high availability via active clustering and an automated hot failover within the data center. You can cluster several active servers to provide uninterrupted access to all critical business applications in case any form of hardware failure.
For instance, if a node fails, the system’s load balance will automatically redirect the right users to an active node in the cluster or pool. The users won’t notice a downtime as they’re automatically redirected from the failing node to a functional (active) one. Consider using an industry standard load balancing option, shared files systems, and database clustering to reduce points of failure.
Each node in your data center cluster boosts capacity for concurrent users, and that allows you to scale your business application without compromising performance. Besides, you can dedicate some nodes in your cluster for some automated tasks or even route specific type of traffic to certain nodes while driving other traffic to other nodes and offer high-quality service.
It’s easy for you to add nodes to your organization’s data center without worrying about the interruption to services or downtime. Note that the existing nodes in a cluster can automatically sync plugins and indexes with all new members, offering you an easy deployment and making sure that all the data center users have maximum uptime.
Cons associated with owning a data center
As industry professionals continue to debate about the cost-effectiveness of on-site data centers, it’s crucial for the IT decision makers to be ready to accept and meet all the costs associated with setting up an onsite data center. Right from upfront planning, designing, and commissioning to the acquisition of all the required materials, expertise, and the actual data center set up, you may end up spending a chunk of money.
If your data center construction goes as planned, your company could mitigate all the issues associated with hiring a center. However, it’s wise to plan effectively to avoid being in a situation where you must figure out the last minute ‘gotchas’ when setting up your data center.
Data center staffing
Data centers should be managed by professionals. In fact, acquiring the right professionals with the necessary level of knowledge associated with servers and data centers is a big challenge for many business owners.
Lastly, your facility will need annual infrastructure maintenance. This increases the overall cost of owning and managing an onsite data center.