On-premises or colocation?

On-premises or colocation?

The extensive digitization of small and medium-sized businesses is undeniable. The amount of data with which average companies work every day continues to grow regardless of the industry. As a result, more and more processes of daily tasks are dependent on the stored data being stored so that it can be called up without loss and loss.

The company on the subjectColocation data centers have many advantages.

The more important this data becomes, the greater the relevance of a safe and reliable backup method. In most cases, a simple, daily image of the data on a second storage medium is no longer sufficient to meet the requirements of the modern industrial market.

Own servers for data backup

A complete or partial data loss is the absolute worst-case scenario - no question. Regular backups of the relevant data are one of the most important safeguards to maintain economic viability. First of all, the question arises: Do they have to be separate servers at all, or is an additional hard drive and software solutions sufficient to help in an emergency, such as the tools from Acronis?

Even the absolute basics of these questions pose a hurdle for many companies. A lot of basic and specialist knowledge is required to be able to define your requirements for the backup strategy. To be able to evaluate them better, a good overview of the available models and their advantages in terms of individual requirements is required.

When discussing this question, each company has to ask itself various questions, such as the necessary scalability, the access structures within the company, and the expected amount of data. Since many companies are still at the beginning of a comprehensive digitization process, it is not unlikely that the complexity will continue to increase.

Also, setting up the infrastructure properly for proper backups is costly, but requires negligible expense compared to the benefits and security that it brings.

Because cloud solutions for backups are too risky for some when it comes to security responsibility - especially considering the many new attack vectors that are always popping up - it is still interesting for many companies to store their business data to set their servers.

Compliance problem

Smaller companies in particular, which only increasingly rely on IT solutions in the course of digitization, have major problems with the compliance factor. Since the GDPR at the latest, just about every employee in medium-sized companies has been able to feel how difficult it can be to switch to certain security standards under the conditions in SMEs.

A non-negligible proportion - according to various studies it was still a good 30 percent in the second half of last year - had not yet been able to implement the new regulations even sometime after the General Data Protection Regulation came into force. Then there are requirements such as the retention requirements over ten years, which apply to certain business documents such as delivery notes or invoices.

The need to keep more and more data loss-proof for a long time, but to fully follow data protection guidelines, can quickly become overwhelming. It may, therefore, be considered too difficult to operate your server.

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Colocation as a solution to compliance concerns

This is why UK colocation providers come into play at this point. Outsourcing company data to your server in data centers of external service providers is a sensible solution for many smaller companies. Since the company's servers continue to be used for data storage, this information is not completely passed on, as is the case when renting cloud storage.

But the advantages that the use of professional data centers brings concerning reliability, redundancies, and high-quality infrastructure also come into play here. The necessary space for the servers, but also the establishment of the right cooling, the power supply, a more than a stable internet connection, and the highest possible physical security are barriers to entry.

Certified data security standards such as ISO 27001 are mostly met by professional providers. All of these concerns no longer apply when using so-called server housing in colocation data centers.

The biggest advantage, however, especially for SMEs that do not have large resources for the professional implementation of their infrastructure in compliance with all guidelines: the high compliance security offered by high-quality data centers for server housing.

Factors that are often overlooked, such as the security of access to server rooms, are usually taken to a high level by professional hosting. This can be difficult within your business premises, which can lead to violations of the GDPR - because this also stipulates that the data is protected from human errors or willful injuries caused by unauthorized access.

Further arguments for colocation offer

Also, users of this option have the advantage that other security factors are implemented more intensively than they could be implemented in-house with a manageable budget. Physical security in particular is often overlooked by in-house solutions since it is protection against eventualities that are often ignored.

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Weather damage and similar external influences: Water or storm damage to company buildings is often not a major concern, as it is usually borne by the insurance company - but if business data is lost, it can endanger the company's existence.

  • Weather damage and similar external influences: Water or storm damage to company buildings is often not a major concern, as it is usually borne by the insurance company - but if business data is lost, it can endanger the company's existence.
  • Geo-redundancy: Secure backups are not only on another data carrier but also in a different location. External influence cannot endanger the live platform and the backups at the same time.
  • Burglary protection: Criminals do not care about key privileges and can, therefore, cause great damage to the servers if they are not protected with extreme security measures.
  • Accident protection: A trip hazard in the server room can lead to damage that endangers the data on the servers. Professional, clean installation and cabling are therefore important.
  • Scalability: Perhaps there is still enough space and infrastructure for on-premises servers today, but even with slight growth, this can no longer be the case. Adding additional server racks is usually not a problem for colocation contract partners.

But avoiding data loss at any cost should be a priority for companies of all sizes and shapes. A 2018 Unitrends study showed that around 30 percent of all companies are still struggling with the loss of important business data. It does not need to be emphasized here that this can be extremely damaging to business and possibly even existential.

Many of the measures against the risks listed above are, of course, possible in-house, but are associated with high conversion costs. Therefore, it is often cheaper to transfer them to service providers who can offer a high level of security because they make their data center available to many customers.

A popular provider in Germany, for example, is housed in a former nuclear bunker, which is equipped with the latest safety measures in addition to the advantages of the building such as radiation safety through thick concrete walls. Especially those who highly value the security of their data servers can hardly achieve this standard in their buildings.

Setting up and managing the servers on the company's premises also has advantages.Advantages on-premises

Colocation offers are therefore particularly interesting solutions, especially for SMEs that have high-security requirements for their growing amounts of data but do not want to store their data entirely on third-party servers. This gives them the best of both worlds: their servers, which are managed on their responsibility, and high-quality infrastructures that would be very complex and expensive on the company premises.

But that doesn't mean that on-premises servers are no longer relevant. Especially companies that already have some IT know-how in the team can easily master many of the entry barriers mentioned. Proper setup and maintenance are then no longer complex tasks.

Especially when the information stored is particularly sensitive - such as patient data in the medical industry - it is undesirable to entrust any aspect of the data to a third party. The security that has been implemented and monitored can then best be trusted.

The company's Internet connection is often still an obstacle. Not everywhere in Germany are companies lucky enough to have an extremely fast connection. What is more than sufficient for private individuals, such as a 200 Mbit line, is unsuitable for larger file server backups. If the servers are on their premises, the data flows quickly over the company network.

Ultimately, the long-term use of colocation providers always depends on them - if the partners close the company or move, for example, then suddenly there is an accommodation problem for the servers.

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