Combating Rising Costs with Strategic Colocation & Workload Placement Strategies
Originally posted on Evocative
IT leaders are encountering financial hurdles in constructing and operating their on-premises facilities. According to a recent survey conducted by the Uptime Institute, the past two years have seen data center costs steeply rise due to supply chain struggles and increasing labor, power, hardware, and capital costs—and they’re not slowing down anytime soon.
All the while, data centers play a more important role than ever in everyday business operations due to the growing importance of data management, security, and storage. To combat the challenges faced by data center operators, colocation providers such as Evocative offer a comprehensive approach to managing these costs, while improving operations, governance, and security.
Let’s explore the Uptime Institute survey and ways colocation providers can help address rising costs in this blog.
The process of building—and even upgrading—data centers involves more barriers to entry than ever before. Uptime cites “long waiting times for some significant components (such as certain engine generators and centralized UPS systems)” as key factors driving up costs.
According to Uptime’s calculations, by 2022, the expenses for Tier III specifications had escalated by $1 million to $2 million per MW. The lead times can now extend to or surpass 12 months, causing delays in capacity expansion and renovation projects. This can sometimes hinder operators from generating income from almost finished facilities.
New sustainability and regulatory requirements are also coming at a cost, with engineering fees, structural changes, and different cooling systems lifting the barriers to entry.
Working with a colocation provider can help offset these costs. With available capacity in a state-of-the-art data center, built-in redundancy, optimized power and cooling, and an abundance of interconnection options, you can have all the critical building blocks necessary to future-proof your IT. Colocation facilities also adhere to the latest compliance regulations by design, so you can easily run workloads in a purpose-built environment without incurring unexpected costs.
Personnel expenses will also significantly contribute to the rising operational costs of data centers and are expected to continue influencing the sector beyond 2023.
Numerous businesses report that they are investing more in employee expenses in an effort to keep their existing workforce. This poses an additional difficulty for those companies that cannot compete with the wage proposals put forth by some of the flourishing tech behemoths. Companies can also encounter risks associated with skill and knowledge deficiencies due to elevated personnel costs.
Colocation can help companies address these staffing gaps by providing access to expertise and other resources that may not be available to recruit, train, and retain in-house. Colocation providers often have a team of skilled technicians and engineers who are trained to handle a wide range of IT requirements and can help businesses quickly and efficiently address any changes or updates that need to be made.
Leveraging colocation to address rising staff costs also can bypass the process of hiring and training new staff for each new IT requirement that arises. And because colocation providers are focused on maintaining and managing their data centers, they often have access to a wider range of resources and expertise than a typical business would, which is often beneficial in addressing more complex IT needs.
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