Storing hybrid cloud information in colocation data centres

Posted on January 14, 2016

Cloud systems are unlikely to go away, with firms seeing clear advantages from storing certain data in public or private systems. However, the wide range of different choice available can make it difficult to determine which one is best for your enterprise.

As cloud storage solutions become more sophisticated many companies are opting for a hybrid services. Following on from this, colocation data centres are are appearing to be a cost-effective solution to store this data.

The benefits of a hybrid solution

For many businesses, hybrid systems have become a viable option to achieve the best of both public and private cloud storage solutions.

According to IBM's analysis on cloud computing, Private, Public, and Hybrid Cloud Storage Solutions, a hybrid cloud is owned by a business but still comes with many of the benefits of a public cloud system. This is because it is a combination of public and private operative functions.

While each individual cloud is distinctly public or private, they remain connected to each other. This facilitates data and application flexibility while still maintaining control in the company's hands.

Of course, with increased cloud storage use comes the need for increased space to store the data. For many enterprises, having an on-site data centre can be expensive. However, cloud storage solutions also facilitate the use of off-site data storage through colocation and other services.

Hosting data off-site

A 2015 Forrester Research report outlines the growth of the data centre market and what in means for the consumer. The report, Service Marketplaces Create A Hub For Your Hybrid Ecosystem, stated how companies can benefit from the cost-effective solutions now available in the data centre market.

The organisation explained that the variety of options open to enterprises can make it difficult to understand what route to take when seeking a data centre. The report stated that this variety is empowering the consumer due to the ability to host data off-site, at cheaper locations that are still able to provide a high standard of security. One such option is renting co-location services.

Colocation allows an enterprise to reap the benefits of a data centre - the power, cooling, bandwidth and security - without having to pay fees for servers and storage. A user is able to host their own server in a data centre owned by a provider, who connects the server to the net for the user. It has gained popularity among firms due to its compatibility with cloud-based software, allowing a company to avoid building and maintaining one itself.

In order to gain the long-term benefits of a colocation data centre, Forrester Research recommends that companies develop a strategy that defines the current and future use of cloud storage solutions.

What is the solution?

It can often be expensive to have all the power, bandwidth, cooling and heating capacity within your office. For those using hybrid services and other cloud storage solutions, colocation services can be the cost-effective answer to increasing capacity.

Consider an off-site data centre and ensure you choose a partner that has significant experience and strength in running data centres and understands the importance of your data.