Originally posted on Data Center POST

By Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHosting DataFort

ehostingTrends such as Internet of things (IoT), digitization, cloud, mobility and social media have been responsible for the exponential growth of data and higher complexity of enterprise computing workloads. One of the biggest challenges companies face today is increased demand on their data centers. However, building or expanding their own data center facility could become quite expensive for businesses. To add to this, the ever-increasing security threats, newer technologies and compliance requirements has pushed many companies in the UAE to look at colocation services as an alternative to increase business agility and flexibility, reduce carbon footprint and most importantly save costs.

Though larger organizations have extensive financial and human resources to cover costs, maintain and monitor the facility 24/7, it’s almost impossible for SMBs to do the same. With today’s economic slowdown, even large organizations find it challenging to expand data center facilities, continuously purchase new hardware and software and upgrade employee skills. CIOs are now required to study the total cost of investment (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) before making big investment decisions on new data center facilities or upgrading their existing one. Also, hosting servers in-house can put a business at an additional risk of downtime since internal IT does not often provide guaranteed SLAs and 24/7 Support.

Hence, organizations in cities like Dubai are increasingly considering co-location services, which is a third party data center facility that allows businesses to rent space for their servers and other computing hardware. The need for 24/7 availability of data in a safe and secure environment has also created a growing demand for data center colocation.

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