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Datacenter Outsourcing is Beneficial – It helps your organization focus on doing what it does best

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Over the years the datacenter facility has evolved as a crucial infrastructure for storing computer systems and other related equipments. For instance storage systems and telecommunications, that …

Over the years the datacenter facility has evolved as a crucial infrastructure for storing computer systems and other related equipments. For instance storage systems and telecommunications, that includes environmental controls, redundant data communication connections, back-up power and security equipments are now being increasingly stored in datacenters.

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  • 1. Datacenter Outsourcing is Beneficial – It helps your organization focus on doing what it does best Over the years the datacenter facility has evolved as a crucial infrastructure for storing computer systems and other related equipments. For instance storage systems and telecommunications, that includes environmental controls, redundant data communication connections, back-up power and security equipments are now being increasingly stored in datacenters. Not to undermine the importance of the HVAC and the fire security systems that are vital for system recovery and maintenance. Such being the case, any decision on whether to outsource or build the datacenter facility is an important one and needs to be analyzed on the grounds of core competencies. Increased performance and organizational delivery should be the primary objective for any organization who chooses to outsource their datacenter. It is possible that the focus may become a little muddied in the process of taking this decision. Outsourcing a datacenter is an important business objective and a vital decision for the IT department of organizations to make. It is the responsibility of the IT departments to concentrate on practices that lead to strategic benefit to companies and allow resources to be focused on the key areas only. Outsourcing the datacenter is one of these. Therefore, Outsourcing a datacenter needs a thorough review of the alternatives at a strategic level from a business perspective. It also requires a tactical evaluation of the facility requirement estimations, asset inventories, and budgetary considerations. For most business organizations who want to focus their energies on their key competence areas, outsourcing datacenter is the perfect way to align business and IT in a cost-efficient manner. There are many business advantages associated with outsourcing a datacenter, that differ from attaining maximized financial and functional efficiencies, proactive monitoring and managing hosted IT architecture and maximize consumer satisfaction. Outsourcing the datacenter to a competent and capable service provider helps organizations to gain the benefits of having a secure IT infrastructure and the best and the most current technology options. It also offers the ease and flexibility to manage day-to-day functions. Other advantages of outsourcing your datacenter include:  Efficiently aligning to changing business requirements  Complying with corporate governance  Cost benefit  Personalized services  Scalable IT functions to cater to increasing business demands  Having access to the latest technology  Accountability through SLA’s  Business continuity  Access to expert know-how  Energy efficient datacenter solutions  High-accessibility and consistency  Making the most of the true IT potential and not just sticking to managing costs
  • 2. Sidebar Datacenter Outsourcing – What will be outsourced? Having made the decision to outsource the datacenter it will only be prudent to know what are the components that will be outsourced. These are:  Security  HVAC  Data backup and recovery services  Server monitoring and management  Network operations and hardware maintenance  Help desk and trouble ticketing  Infrastructure operations and end-user assistance The fact remains that outsourcing is not only based on financial gains, it is not just about the economics. The most important aspect of outsourcing is the level of maturing of the client organization - if the organization is mature enough to manage an outsource partner, do they have a culture to support outsourcing, etc. Another important point to consider while outsourcing Data Center infrastructure and its management is how to seamlessly integrate the organizations processes with that of the Outsourcing Service Provider (OSP). It is important that these processes are monitored continuously to avoid the risk of poorly performing processes at the OSP level and mitigate any issues resulting from it. By the virtue of leaving substantial control of assets and management in the hands of an OSP, there is the inherent risk of business getting affected because of non-performance of the service provider. Risk of business continuity resulting from this non-performance should be mitigated by carefully planning the outsourcing strategy, clear expectations setting from the beginning and ensuring choice of the right partner for the deal. Finally, financial implication of changing costs and exchange rates if applicable has to be monitored regularly. Project times lines as planned and the financial implications of any delays have direct impact on the perceived benefits of any outsourcing deal. For more information visit - Hosted Mail Services