In the past, it was common for enterprise IT professionals to build, own, and operate their own data center to accommodate growing business needs. Although this provided full access to the data center and allowed companies to avoid leasing problems and control their own temperature and cooling, many underestimated the costs and risks involved in building and operating a data center. Others found that they didn’t have the specific skillsets, expertise, and operational mindset required to avoid costly data center outages.
Every year, as more and more companies rely on data centers to keep their business running, the consequences of data center outages increase exponentially. According to Uptime Institute’s Annual Industry Survey, nearly half of Enterprise IT organizations experienced an outage in their own data centers over the past year. For many businesses, the benefits of owning and operating a data center isn’t worth the risk and expense.