5 Helpful Data Center Outsourcing Tips

As a modern business owner, you are probably always on the lookout for ways to run your business more efficiently and cost-effectively. So when it comes to issues like housing data servers and managing network security on-site, you might be a little hesitant to take on the cost and the learning curve associated with such measures. Aren’t there experts that can handle this sort of thing for you? As a matter of fact, you’ll find a vast number of data centers that are primed and ready to provide you with the storage, sharing, and safety solutions you seek when it comes to your company’s data. But first you have to select the one that’s right for your business. Here are a few tips to help you find the right data center to outsource to.

  1. Comparison shop. Each data center you look into with the intent of outsourcing for needed services is going to offer different packages and pricing. You need to exercise due diligence as a consumer if you want to get the most comprehensive services at the most affordable price. It’s a good idea to come to the process prepared with a list of the services you’ll need so that you can avoid paying more for a package that features unnecessary options. But when you narrow it down to just a few possibilities you can speak to representatives and try to broker a deal that is to your advantage.
  2. Consider access and storage. The services you need are going to determine, to an extent, which data center you ultimately select. So what do you need? Hosting services for your company website and blog? Storage for files or customer data? Do you need to allow access to customers holding accounts with you, or do you merely need to allow for employees to store and access data? What these questions come down to is how much storage space, bandwidth, and security you need. And before you jump right to paying top dollar for unlimited packages, keep in mind that you’re probably overspending with this move. Start with what you think you need, track usage data, and work from there.
  3. Scalability. Your business is bound to change over time, as are your needs where data center services are concerned. So you should think about finding a service provider that offers flexibility when it comes to upgrading (or alternately, scaling back on) services. Some will hit you up with penalties for overages in use or for trying to change your contract. So read the fine print, understand what you’re agreeing to, and look for a provider that is willing to offer the scalability your business needs.
  4. Security. Obviously, security is a major concern when turning over sensitive company and customer data to a third party. So you’ll want to ask about what a data center will do to ensure your protection. Options like password protection, encryption, and back-ups are a must.
  5. Customer service. Deciding between¬†this data center¬†and that one can be difficult with so many options to sift through. But one thing you don’t want to forget about is customer service. There will be times when you need assistance, and you want to know that representatives are available to address your problems and concerns. The best choices will provide you with an on-call account representative. But 24/7 customer service lines or online chat options may suffice, depending on your needs.

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