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5 Ways Colocation Data Centres Can Help Your Small Business

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Running a business of any size is always a challenge and small and medium enterprises (SME’s) come with their own set of unique difficulties. According to data from the House of Commons, the allure of London’s economic stature means that over 1 million SMEs call the capital home as of 2016, but as everyone knows, space is an in-demand commodity that London based businesses pay a premium for.

Every penny counts, particularly for SME’s with a modest budget, and in the data-driven world of today, solid IT infrastructure is crucial. Colocation is a great alternative data management solution with an abundance of colocation centres in London.

No longer a luxury strictly for large multinationals, these data centres can help to improve performance and reduces costs in comparison to physically having servers onsite. Here are five ways that colocation data centres can help to enhance your small business.

1. Say Goodbye To Physical Location Data Loss

A principal concern of any business is the loss of data. It costs both time and money for a business to recover data, some of which may never be recoverable. Companies must ensure that they take preventative methods against data loss and co-locating services to a data server is one possible solution. By co-locating to a remote facility a local disaster will no longer result in massive data loss. In the event of a fire or flood, data will still be accessible and business operations can continue, even the dreaded power outage won’t result in your business grinding to a halt.

2. Reduce Operating Costs

Housing a data centre within your company requires high upfront capital expenditure which an SME may want to avoid. Co-locating removes not just the upfront cost but also maintenance costs such as backup power sources, heavy duty cooling and additional security. Possibly, the greatest expense of all is bandwidth. Having this cost partially absorbed within the colocation service means SME’s have the option to pay for additional bandwidth resulting in better service and application performance – win, win.

3. Easy Expansion

Growth is a good indicator for any business but it normally involves the need for more physical space for staff and additional hardware and equipment. Colocation not only saves physical space, it allows companies to expand more rapidly as additional space is always on-hand. Agile companies are able to meet changing demands more quickly and effectively.

4. Reduce Your Business’s Carbon Footprint

Not having to house a server room full of equipment means that companies reduce their local power consumption helping to decrease their energy footprint. Data centres kept in colocation spaces will be highly efficient and maintained by professionals who are able to keep them running at optimal efficiency.

5. Security

Data security is one of the main concerns of any company, in recent years cyberattacks have become more prominent. Organisations such as LinkedIn, Tumblr and MySpace were hacked in June 2016 with millions of people’s private data either stolen or compromised. It only takes one employee with a weak password to jeopardise your data.

Colocation sites understand the importance of data security and are equipped with sophisticated cyber and physical security measures to help prevent attacks and breaches. This way, your business can rest assured that your company and customers data is in safe hands.

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Matthew is a writer specialising in marketing and business and has featured in a number of online publications. When he isn’t writing he can normally be found outdoors and is a keen cyclist.