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February 02, 2017

The Great Data Balancing Act: In-house vs. Outsource

While CIOs are excited about how data management is evolving and expanding, they are also facing tremendous uncertainty as to how these changes will impact their team, environment and strategy.

As we see more opportunities to store, send and analyze mission-critical data using the hybrid IT model, organizations face challenges when balancing how to harness new technology with their current financial resources and manpower.  Many IT leaders are engaged in conversations right now about which IT functions should stay in-house and which should be outsourced.  

These conversations are happening worldwide. Computer Weekly highlighted how Indian CIOs are handling this complex decision. When discussing the significant investment that goes hand-in-hand with building an in-house data center, CW writes, “many businesses prefer to have a better OPEX-CAPEX equation by taking the data center outsourcing route.” Furthermore, IT’s role is expanding beyond the IT department. Just this week, Yahoo Finance commented on how IT solutions are beneficial to marketing, sales and finance departments.

Furthermore, CEOs and CFOs continue to elevate data technology and cybersecurity as top organizational priorities. According to BizCommunity.com, 81% of CFOs believe data technology can help them get rid of spreadsheets and 72% describe cybersecurity as a top priority. But these leaders are concerned about how much they will have to invest to enhance the role of data in their day-to-day operations.

Partnering with a provider that offers an integrated approach to data center services is key to utilizing data in a successful, cost-efficient way. These providers have the resources and expertise to maintain state-of-the art technology and quickly design, build and deploy a broad spectrum of environments. But this doesn’t mean your IT team loses control or visibility. It means they can start building strategies around how IT can improve your operations and achieve organizational goals, rather than manage day-to-day tasks.

So let’s take a look at how to build the right in-house vs. outsource balance to best fit your organization’s needs.

Data Storage and Hosting

Building an infrastructure-rich facility requires significant capital expenditures. This is often the first hold-up when an organization is looking to build or expand their IT footprint. In order to maximize an investment, your data center must be designed and built using a well thought-out master plan, innovative construction strategies and specialized expertise. Furthermore, your data needs are only going to continue to evolve and grow, so it is imperative that your facility is designed to scale in a timely and flexible way.

All of these special considerations can sound daunting. But data center providers have built relationships with architects, engineers and contractors that have the experience needed to ensure data center construction projects don’t incur costly mistakes that delay completion. Furthermore, it’s important to find a partner that employs an incremental growth philosophy, which takes a customer-centric approach to data center design. Rather than having to choose from white box options, you will be engaged in the design and build-out of your environment, ensuring it is the right solution for your organization.

Data Security

Data center security is paramount. Many organizations have been rocked by devastating data breaches.  Even more alarming, Symantec reports that 70% of cyberattacks go undetected. Sophisticated strategies are required to not just block hackers, but also detect malicious activity. This requires a layered approach that includes physical security measures, like badge readers, biometric readers and cameras along with logical security measures that include encryption, web application firewalls, Anti-DDoS solutions and log management. Furthermore, hackers are working around-the-clock to find and exploit weaknesses, so 24x7x365 monitoring is required to protect your organization from cyberattacks.

Again, this can quickly overwhelm any organization’s in-house team. But the best data center services providers are in the business of protecting data. They have developed advanced strategies, invested in best-of-breed technologies and built expert teams to combat cybercrime. You can take advantage of this robust support and ensure your data is protected.

Data Compliance

Last, but not least is compliance. Many organizations approach compliance as a fixed operational responsibility, when in fact it should be a constantly evolving strategy. As new threats emerge, so do new compliance standards and regulations. If you’re not staying ahead of the next development, you risk falling into non-compliance before you realize it. Enforcement activities are on the rise and the penalties associated with non-compliance can cripple an organization.

Staying up-to-date with the most current regulations and requirements is complicated and time-consuming. Even while utilizing a dedicated compliance department, many organizations find themselves struggling to just keep up. Find a data center services provider that has a dedicated team of compliance experts and experience meeting your specific compliance needs. Your partner should be an expert advisor, helping you navigate the complex compliance landscape with an integrated approach that engages three key components: security, auditing and compliance.

At QTS, we’re evolving to stay ahead of the curve. Our integrated services platform means you don’t have to juggle multiple vendors to meet your storage, security and compliance needs. We are your partner. We are committed to helping you craft innovative IT strategies that allow you to evolve and scale to meet the complex IT needs of today and tomorrow. We know where IT is going and we’re helping you get there. Learn more about our integrated services platform here and contact us to start innovating today.
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