Outsourced IT infrastructure has become the norm in modern businesses. It’s driving a higher demand for data centres, especially in the Africa and Middle East regions.
The data centre construction market in Africa and the Middle East regions is expected to reach $1 billion during 2019-2024. With the ever-changing IT demands of a business and the increasing costs of keeping infrastructure in-house, outsourcing is not just attractive but is essential.
However, many businesses drag their feet when it comes to making the shift from in-house to outsourced IT because of the belief that it’s only the IT department that benefits from an outsourced solution. IT in the modern enterprise has become an all-encompassing business function and, when managed properly, can increase efficiency and drive down costs throughout your business.
In this blog, we’ll look at the facts of outsourcing your IT infrastructure to a data centre and how it benefits operations in your organisation.
Peak performance and productivity
Many CIOs make the mistake of treating their data centre solution as a “hardware factory” that exists outside of the context of their business. In reality though, it’s a hub that supports every application and system that forms the foundation of your business. Investing in a data centre that caters to your company’s needs means that your applications and data are hosted securely, are always available, and are backed up and kept up to date while you focus on more important things. You’ll also have the benefit of on-demand data that you can access securely. Ultimately, you get to enjoy all the benefits of state-of-the-art IT infrastructure which you don’t have to budget for, plan or maintain yourself.
Data under lock and key
No one needs to be reminded that data security is a major concern for businesses worldwide. From startups to multinational corporations, every business is a target for cybercrime, and the effects range from a minor inconvenience to a disaster that threatens the survival of an organisation. A good data centre should be equipped with the latest in data security technology, and the best ones are consistently reviewing and improving the security they provide.
The type of security you will need depends on the nature and context of your business, and it’s worth identifying a solution that caters to what you’re looking for. Different data centre providers are likely to offer their own unique security policies and some might suit your needs better than others. For example, IS offers a number of security options and allows you to choose the one that best suits your business.
A cost-effective and scalable solution
I touched on the cost-saving benefits of data centres earlier, but it isn’t just the lack of physical space, the maintenance and the accompanying staff that help you to drive down costs. Outsourcing to a data centre means that you can be far more agile with your infrastructure needs. For example, If you want to add some server space that you’re not completely sure you’ll need, you can quite easily change the amount of space you’re using in the data centre instead of forking out more cash and installing new racks in your server room.
This means that your data needs can expand organically as your business scales without the risk of over- or under-catering. In today’s marketplace, where businesses can grow exponentially in a very short space of time, this is crucial for staying ahead of demand.
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