Fluctuations in revenue – whether seasonal, or part of the natural life cycle of your business – can have a big impact on your data management. Online retailers, for example, experience a surge in network traffic during peak shopping seasons. And even if you aren’t prone to fluctuating data demands, you can simplify operations when you rent space in a scalable off-site data center.

Varying demands

Data Centers Offer Scalability and SimplicityMinimizing downtime is important for any industry, and when you use an offsite data center, you don’t have to worry about increased traffic bogging down your server. Data centers that specialize in colocation – leasing space to multiple companies – are agile and able to grow along with demand or scale back when business is slow.

Emerging trends

The Internet of Things (IoT) – that is, all of the devices that can network and communicate with each other – is creating a big demand for data delivery. Businesses that are already using off-site data management service centers could see their data capacity needs increase 750 percent four years from now.

If tablets, Bluetooth devices and remote desktop access are essential to your business today, think about how your data needs may increase over time. A third-party data service center can handle the growth associated with IoT.

Personnel considerations

Data center employees are in demand. By 2018, the United States may be between 140,000 to 190,000 people short of what businesses need to staff their data centers. And data center managers and analysts could face a shortage of 1.5 million people.

Some companies are already having trouble finding qualified employees to manage internal data centers, and it can be a challenge retaining talent when better offers abound. When you move your data to a colocation center, you can rely on the expertise of the center’s staff. That means your human resources department won’t have to worry about finding and retaining data center staff.

Also, make sure the colocation center you choose has its own employees, as opposed to contract workers. Security is more reliable when workers have been thoroughly vetted through employment background checks.

Lifeline Data Centers has only full-time staff, with the right experience to handle your data. Schedule a tour of our facilities today to find out how we can help you transition your data center to an outsourced facility.

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Other resources:

  • All You Need to Know About Tier Classification, read more
  • Standards for the Telecommunication Industry: TIA-942 vs. the Uptime Institute Tiers, read more
  • Why Data Centers are Necessary for Enterprise Businesses, read more
Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.