Historically, many of the data centers powering an enterprise’s IT capabilities and applications were housed on-site. But, as networking equipment has grown increasingly complex and sophisticated, and as IT has grown increasingly essential to operations, that has shifted.
Today’s data centers are increasing in size and importance. They require massive amounts of reliable connectivity, cooling and power. These large data centers and their increased demands have led companies to recognize that the expensive space in their corporate headquarters is simply not an ideal data center location. In fact, it’s much better suited for human resources than IT infrastructure.
The result has been a migration to public clouds, as well as a migration to off-site data centers. But the decision to move data centers off site is not always an easy one. There are multiple ways to migrate data centers into an off-site location – they can be custom built, bought or leased. The question is, which one is best for the enterprise?
According to a recent white paper published by leading data center provider, DFT Data Centers, there are some considerations and factors that all data center decision-makers should keep in mind when they’re faced with this choice.
To be precise, there are 11 of them.
They include: deployment size, equipment needs, timing, connectivity, security and regulations, redundancy and availability, location and distance, scalability, subject matter expertise, environmental considerations, and – finally - budget (CAPEX and OPEX).
Let’s take a brief look at two of the 11 factors:
Smaller companies or those looking for smaller deployments can receive considerable cost savings and efficiencies through leasing. By leasing a facility, these companies can leverage common infrastructures they may not be able to otherwise afford.
Larger organizations with larger deployments may need more space than a leased facility – particularly one with other tenants – can provide. They may also want a say in the technologies and equipment that they utilize within their data center. This makes building or buying an alternative option for them.
Timing is everything – even when it comes to data centers. In fact, it’s often the primary driving factor behind a company’s decision to build, buy or lease. Each option has its own lead-time, ranging from months to potentially years.
Leasing offers the shortest time frame and can get an enterprise up and running more quickly than the other options. Building is the longest time frame, since – depending on size – the construction of a data center can take 12-24 months. However, this option does enable the most control and customization.
Buying is often the middle ground. It offers a shorter time frame, some customization and full control, but isn’t quite as fast as leasing.