5 Advantages of Multitenant Data Centers For Enterprises
11 May 2018 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Using Multitenant Data Centers to Free Up Core Business
With stored data predicted to continue growing at 40% per year and as demands for data processing, analysis and storage growing exponentially; data center futureproofing should be a priority consideration for all data center professionals.
Looking at multitenant data centers (MTDCs) specifically, these are no different – and are one of the fastest-growing segments of the data center industry. With over 130 million square feet of whitespace, MTDCs are expanding at a rate of 16% annually. Enabling enterprises, and service providers to outsource data center facilities and focus on their core business, MTDCs enable a number of advantages, from optimal data center availability, to reliability, and cost control.
So, with MTDCs growth set to increase, what advantages of leasing third-party data center whitespace should enterprises be aware of?
5 Advantages of Multitenant Data Centers for Enterprises
- Flexibility – Using MTDC infrastructure enables small and medium-sized businesses to take advantage of advanced technologies such as cloud computing and virtualized data centers.
- Reliability – MTDCs typically provide their own technicians to maintain the infrastructure and ensure that hosted functions always operate at peak efficiency. MTDCs can also match an organization’s reliability requirements to specific user requirements balancing these with cost options – SLAs will set operational parameters and provide commitment to uptime.
- Savings – By choosing to outsource data center services, rather than building, hosting, and maintaining them themselves, MTDC tenants can secure significant OpEx and CapEx savings. Additionally, MTDC tenants gain the advantage of expertise; an MTDC will have considerable experience gained through multiple builds and design iterations, meaning they can not only build a more cost-effective data center, but also keep operational costs down. MTDCs also provide clients with the ability to scale as they grow, and to deploy assets on a just in time basis rather than trying to over-plan and build a traditional data center that is an up to 30-year depreciating asset.
- Reduced Latency – With an MTDC, Enterprise organizations can significantly reduce latency. This is because the MTDC provides direct connectivity to service providers, cloud providers, content providers, high-frequency traders, financial transaction and peering partners who are also co-located at the MTDC.
- Security – Regarding security, MTDCs offer multiple levels of protection against external threats, and can provide faster, more thorough recovery from disaster situations. Regarding physical protection, data campuses are usually surrounded by fences and patrolled by security personnel, with the facilities themselves designed to restrict accessibility. Inside there are security guards, restricted access and man traps that designed to slow entry. Only authorized personnel are allowed entry to designated areas via badge or biometric access ensures only authorized personnel can gain entry to designated areas, and the entire campus is under continuous CCTV observation.
Considerations When Choosing an MTDC
The best MTDC providers will help clients through all stages of a project, from need assessment to migration and operation. Providers will have the core competencies to meet client requirements, including high-quality electrical and data transport infrastructure, scalability, and direct access to cloud and content providers.
When it comes to considerations such as designing the cabling infrastructure for deployment in an MTDC, it is critical that the infrastructure is able to scale up and down, and adapt to technology changes – adequate space must be allocated for horizontal and vertical cable management so that moves, additions and changes can be carried out with ease.
Indeed, proper cabling design, along with the use of an Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM) system, can reduce the risk of downtime; in a properly considered solution, the temptation to save leased rack space by fully loading server and switch cabinets would be avoided, thus removing the associated risks of manual error.
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