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When deploying IT infrastructure to support an enterprise organisation, there are several factors to consider. All of the decisions are based on the specific needs of the business, it’s type, the customers it services and the applications it needs to support. For many, the first decision however, is whether to own or outsource?
Do the needs of the business require predominantly commercial applications, which can be delivered via the cloud? Or does the organisation depend so crucially on local IT assets for performance, data sovereignty or application speed, that it is more preferable to keep their resources on premise?
For many of today’s cloud and colocation service providers, a primary consideration is whether to invest in an entirely new facility or to upgrade and retrofit an existing building. Such a decision will involve various technical and financial considerations in order to determine which is the best solution to solve the organisations challenges.
An alternative to building an entirely new facility is to opt for a prefabricated data centre solution, allowing the user to add capacity, whether in power, cooling or IT increments, to spaces both inside and out of a building. For a colocation provider, this presents a unique opportunity to scale up quickly, in some cases in as little as 12-24 weeks, or indeed add power provision and free up new white space to increase revenue generation.