March 5, 2014
John Huntington

As Chris Downie discussed in his recent blog post about why you should consider outsourcing your data center, one of the greatest benefits of data center outsourcing is its scalability and flexibility.

To elaborate a bit more on that, we should first consider the cost of building your own data center. The total cost of ownership (power, cooling, support and more) of a single rack in a data center has been estimated to be about $120K over the data center lifetime. Add that cost (per rack) to the cost of building a building for your data center—almost $7 million for an average building—and the cost of building your own data center can easily enter the seven-figure range. All of this is to say that building your own data center is a serious investment of time and resources.

But up-front cost isn't the only thing you need to be worried about. If you fill up that data center and need to grow, then short of boosting your power density, which you can only do so much, the only other option is to build yet another data center-another massive investment. And if you need to downsize, you may be out of luck-you've already made the investment into your data center and you can't just back out of that investment. When it comes to managing your own data center, costs are high and flexibility is fairly low.

Compare that to an outsourced data center, though, and the benefits of the latter are immediately clear. When you need more space through an outsourced carrier, all you need to do is modify your lease through your data center service provider in order to size up. The same is true if business retracts and you end up needing to downsize the data center services you're utilizing.

Here at Telx, our data center colocation services are highly scalable and flexible. Whether you need a rack, a cabinet, or even an entire floor customized to your needs, Telx offers flexibility—the likes of which you won’t get with many other providers, or if you build your own data center. If you need more space, that’s not a problem—we make it easy to upsize. And if you need to downsize, we can help you choose a solution that better meets your needs.

Scalability also comes into play with our carrier neutrality. You’re not tied to one service provider, so you can choose the service provider on top of the level of service you need when you work with Telx. That kind of scalability and flexibility are hard to replicate when managing and owning your own data center, and Telx is here to help give your business the services it needs.

When speaking in terms of data centers, scalability is essential. A scalable (outsourced) data center allows you to grow or retract as needed without much additional investment. If you’d like to learn more about the scalability of Telx data centers and how that can benefit your business, please reach out to us via the contact page of our site, or by Facebook or Twitter.

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