Strategy Issues

The problem of using a data center as a temporary storage place for your computers might at first seem like a simple one, but it is in fact quite complex: There are many different questions to be considered.

When a computer is being kept in a storage place, certain basic guidelines have to be met to ensure that the data stored on it remains intact. And how secure is the facility? There are budget considerations, too: Some data centers are very expensive.

But all too often, people who require the services of a data center have no idea what it is that they are looking for. And that is why data center strategy is a major component of our business here at OSS Telco. We give individuals and businesses help in clarifying what their requirements are— and what other factors might be involved in the decision-making process.

Data Center Strategy

Which Tier to Choose?

Data center tiers refers to a system by which the factors to be considered when laying out the topology of a collocation are laid out.

There are four tiers defined by the Uptime Institute, and all are composed of paths for the distribution of electric power and of keeping the machines at a low enough temperature to retain data. Tiers 1 and 2 are each composed of a single path, while Tiers 3 and 4 are composed of multiple paths. Tiers 1 and 3 are without redundant components, while Tiers 2 and 4 are with them.

Each tier guarantees over 99 percent availability, but each does so to a higher degree than the one below it, takes longer to implement, has a shorter annual downtime, is less susceptible to disruption by other activity— planned or unplanned— and fulfills all lower- level requirements. The good people at OSS Telco can help determine which of these tiers will work best for a particular company. For instance, Tier 4 is appropriate if one’s system is “mission critical.”

What to Consider

Costs over benefits, return on investments (ROI), or rate of return, and total cost of ownership (TCO) are two other things that OSS Telco can help you with. Their managed data center services can enable clients to control TCO even as they are having another company take care of complex systems for them.

Shared resources models and cloud computing can likewise help slash service costs so they are exceeded by the benefits of collocation: It becomes possible to assign power storage and bandwidth dynamically, i.e., when they are actually needed, rather than ahead of time. And when the less costly task of hosting is entrusted to an outside company, firms can devote more of their own resources to developing “core competencies.” Bandwidth expenses are also eliminated, as the company can be put directly onto the “Internet backbone.”

No data center strategy can be foolproof, but one thing is for sure— Oss Telco really does put the customer first.