The electrical power needed to maintain an enterprise data center continues to increase. Yet in small businesses, the cost of the data center's electrical power is rarely assigned to the IT department. Decision makers in the finance and IT departments should consider this hidden cost when evaluating new projects.
For a small business in Indianapolis with:
- one rack of server equipment
- 2 UPS systems
- 2 switches
- 30 workstations
- 10 printers
electrical usage is roughly 9 KW/hr. Cooling is another 18 KW/hr for a total of $1167 per month. Approximately $525 per month is for the servers and communications equipment.
Compare this pricing to an outsource data center: $850 per rack per month plus the cost of a telecommunications circuit. Affordable colocation is a reality. By using an outsourcer's hardened data center, your are protecting your systems from critical downtime. If the provider offers Rated-4 data center facilities, you'll also be improving uptime via redundant power and cooling systems.
The idea of using a Midwest colocation provider may be the right choice for your business. Outsource data center facilities offer the advantage of large data center facilities at affordable prices for small business.