Not every company in the world needs their own data center. But there is a good chance that you do if you are growing and the cost of renting infrastructure and hardware is eating at your profits.
Not long ago, Facebook decided to build its own data center. That was probably a good move.
Why would it be good to have your own data center? Let’s count the reasons.
- Renting is an ongoing cost and the more hardware units you rent the higher your ongoing costs will be; building your own data center involves a higher up-front cost and fewer ongoing costs. It can save you money in the long run.
- A private data center can also be more secure. At least, you have more control over the security elements than if you are renting hardware.
- You are responsible for the maintenance, which can be a drawback, but it can also be a good thing. By keeping an eye on your data center daily you know its strengths and weaknesses and are in a better position to maintain your data and respond to infrastructure conditions.
If you do decide to build your own data center, take into consideration the cost of maintaining it. It isn’t cheap to run a data center. However, if you have unused space on your servers then you can rent that space out and defray some of the costs of maintaining your own computers.