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How much of building and managing a data center should you handle on your own, and when should you seek out the help of a service provider? The answer to this question will determine whether cloud infrastructure services, colocation, or “DIY”-ing it, is right for you.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, taking the time to determine the best solution for your business can mean increased cost-efficiency, less stress, and improved business operations. In this blog, we help make your decision a little easier by breaking down the pros and cons of infrastructure as a service.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in cloud computing is a service in which a third-party provider purchases, installs, and manages data center infrastructure for you, allowing your business pay-as-you-go use of storage, networking, and computing resources via the Internet.

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Pros of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

  • Less responsibility is on you and your team because both data center infrastructure and environment are handled for you.
  • You get a team of experts to manage your infrastructure for you, increasing your manpower and ensuring the success of your solution.
  • You don’t have to pay the initial start-up costs of purchasing and building infrastructure.
  • You gain increased cost-efficiency and flexibility because you only pay for what you need when you need it.
  • You enjoy improved performance and reliability thanks to a professionally designed and maintained environment.
  • You receive increased physical data center security handled by your provider.
  • If your provider also offers network services, you can enjoy improved performance and reliability.
  • You get peace of mind with a provider that offers 24/7/365 monitoring, which is difficult to achieve with a DIY solution.
  • You’ll know your data is in good hands with a provider that adheres to strict industry standards.
  • Your business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) will improve because your data won’t be in the same location as your office building.
  • You can quickly scale infrastructure up and down as needed, allowing you to quickly test new products and achieve a faster time to market.
  • You’ll enjoy increased flexibility if your office building moves geographic locations because your infrastructure won’t have to move with it.

Cons of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

  • If you already have a large team of experts on hand or have already invested in a lot of your own infrastructure, IaaS may not be as beneficial for you.
  • You don’t have fine-tuned control over the data center or any infrastructure within it, which means relinquishing some control.
  • Some very large businesses will save money down the line by investing in ownership of their infrastructure rather than renting it.
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Is infrastructure as a service (IaaS) the right fit for your business or is it a clear mismatch? Regardless of what solution you choose in the end, the key to successful services is choosing the right provider.

LightBound is ready to help with all of your data center needs, including IaaS and colocation services. With LightBound, you can count on a successful transition, top-notch support, and continued success with your chosen solution.

Do you have questions about IaaS in cloud computing? Want to speak with a LightBound expert about whether IaaS is the right choice for your business? Contact LightBound today to learn more!

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If you want to optimize your business’s operations, it’s important to consider how and where you’re housing your servers. For large and small businesses alike, having server infrastructure that can handle the needs of your business is critical to keeping everything running smoothly, including eventually expanding your data center as your business grows.

While you can store your server equipment in your own server racks, there is another option that can offer your business several benefits: colocation hosting.

Colocation is a service where you place your own server equipment on a provider’s server rack instead of keeping it at your business. In other words, a provider maintains and monitors a huge data center for you, allowing you to offload data center requirements so you can easily store and scale your servers alongside your growing business.

At Lightbound, we help businesses with all of their colocation hosting needs. Is insourcing or outsourcing with colocation the right solution for your business? In this blog, we outline the pros and cons of using a colocation host.

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Pros

  • You get greater bandwidth with a lower cost, enjoying the features of a large IT shop without the massive price tag.
  • You are still in control because you are still responsible for your hardware.
  • Colocation hosting is more efficient and secure compared to hosting your own server.
  • You are protected by the powerful generators and backup power of your colocation provider that will keep your servers safe in the event of an outage.
  • You own your server hardware and can upgrade anytime rather than being stuck with the initial facility plan in your own data center.
  • You can easily scale your infrastructure up or down thanks to the flexible tenancy your provider offers, rather than having to completely rebuild your own data center.
  • With the right provider, your servers are stored in ideal temperatures with redundant power and cooling.
  • With the right provider, you get  24/7 monitoring and assistance, providing extra manpower to your short-staffed IT department or assisting during major upgrades and activities.
  • You have the advantage of a reliable, large-scale data center that will maximize uptime thanks to redundancy, monitoring, and expert support.
  • The right colocation provider will adhere to strict industry standards so you know your data is in good hands.
  • Colocation centers have better security, allowing you to reap the benefits of cameras, individual cage locks, and substantial access logs.

Cons

  • Colocation hosting can be costly upfront because you have to provide your own hardware and software.
  • Moving to a colocation center is a labor-intensive process. Make sure you’re prepared time-wise to transition into a colocation hosting plan.
  • Because you’re using an outside source for your data center hosting, you are not the owner of the data center. This means you have to follow the rules and regulations of that colocation, which could restrict your access to certain days and times.
  • Some people make the mistake of investing in a colocation center far away, but you’ll want to make sure it’s close to you so you can visit if necessary.
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For many business owners, total control can be hard to relinquish. However, unloading some of your burdens through colocation hosting can help make your life simpler and less stressful. Colocation centers provide a great way for you to manage and scale your servers more easily as your business grows.

When deciding whether or not colocation hosting will benefit you, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons in light of your business’s specific needs and make a plan for how you will make the transition to colocation a smooth one.

At Lightbound, we provide colocation data centers to Indianapolis businesses with redundant power, cooling, fire suppression, top-notch security, and 24/7/365 monitoring. Plus, you only pay for what you need, when you need it.

Want to ensure your IP foundation is strong, minimize downtime, and reduce your total cost of operation? Get in touch with us today to learn more about how LightBound can help your business.

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A great data center provider should give you many reasons to be thankful, but if they are leaving you wishing for more, then it may be time to make a switch. With data center service delivery from the right provider, you can be grateful for these five benefits:

 

1. Giving Time Back to Your Team

Your team has things to do and places to be, but the investment it takes to manage and maintain a data center is immense. Having a service provider handle this burden is freeing, enabling you and your team to get back to core business operations while increasing productivity and reducing stress.   

 

2. Giving You Peace of Mind

The growing threat of cyber attacks and unexpected disasters like fire and flood cause no fear in you. Why? Because even if you experienced major data loss, you have peace of mind knowing your data can easily and quickly be restored by your provider.

With redundant power, cooling, fire suppression, and security, you know your data is in good hands. And if something goes wrong? Your provider is there for you to answer your call, day or night, and work personally with you to resolve the problem.

 

3. Saving You Money

Outsourcing to a data center provider means money saved. You don’t have to worry about the capital expenditures of infrastructure, nor do you have to pay to keep that infrastructure up-to-date and functional.

This type of service delivery means you only pay for what you need when you need it. Plus, you’re saving money on recovering data thanks to your provider’s disaster recovery (DR) solution that you can count on in the event of data loss.

 

4. Keeping Your DR Plan Up-to-Date With Constant Change

A data center’s environment is constantly changing, making it hard to ensure your disaster recovery plan stays up-to-date. This is a must if your DR plan is to be effective, and thankfully, your provider has you covered. They’re auto-incorporating all the latest changes so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Your DR plan will be perfectly executable when disaster strikes.

 

5. Giving You Flexibility and Scalability

When you host your own data center on-site, it takes a time, labor, and money to scale it up and down as your business grows, changes, or even moves locations. Thankfully, your data center provider handles the infrastructure for you, allowing you to easily scale up or down, especially since you only pay for what you need. And if you have to move? Your data center gets to stay put, allowing you to invest your resources elsewhere.

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Are you thankful for your data center provider, or are they letting you down? The right data center provider is one that gives you much to be grateful for when it comes to service delivery.

Want to know what it’s like to have a data center provider that gives you all these reasons to be thankful and more? Contact LightBound today and we’ll share what benefits you can expect by making a switch!

What should you ask a potential cloud services provider before signing the dotted line? While a provider can seem like they have their ducks in a row, don’t forget to vet them for how they will treat you as a client. Asking the right questions can help you reveal whether or not a provider will meet, and hopefully exceed, your expectations as you experience the transition to cloud computing.

Ask potential cloud services providers these five questions to ensure they will give you the best client experience for a successful transition:

1. Do I need a cloud storage or cloud computing solution?

This is more of a question to ask yourself, but it’s first on the list because you’ll need to clarify whether your business needs a cloud storage solution like DropBox or an enterprise-level IaaS cloud computing service with network, server, and storage resources for your application.  

Cloud storage solutions are used for basic data storage and backup while cloud computing allows you to run applications in the cloud—a huge leap beyond cloud storage. IaaS Cloud computing allows you to access and run applications or programs through the Internet rather than through a physical computer or server. If you only need to store some files, you can stick to a cloud storage solution, but if you’re ready to put your business applications in the Cloud, then you’re ready to look for a cloud computing provider.

Cloud computing offers benefits like scalability, flexibility, cost savings on capital expenditures, the ability to remotely access and transform your data, plus so much more. A cloud computing provider may also offer increased protection for your data, both physically and virtually, thanks to data security and disaster recovery capabilities.

2. Are you a reseller or do you provide cloud services directly?

Some providers resell cloud services while others provide cloud services directly. The problem with resellers is that they not only have a lack of contact with the services they’re selling, but if you have a downtime issue it can be costly not knowing whether to call the software/hardware OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), the hosting provider, or the VAR (value-added reseller) for support. Finding where the problem started can prove to be an expensive headache.

When you work with a provider like LightBound, we’re not resellers of these products—we actually provide these services directly to you. This means we are able to provide a better customer experience for you because we customize the solution for your business, handle all the project management, installation, and implementation. We also support your business with a dedicated Technical Account Manager, a 24×7 NOC, and a team of Tier 3 and Tier 4 Engineers if things go bump in the night. All of these compliment our resource pools and ensure a smooth and trouble-free customer experience.

 

3. What are your service hours?

Technology doesn’t wait for “office hours” to malfunction, and things tend to go wrong in the middle of the night when you’re least expecting it. Will your provider be there for you when you need them most?

Some providers limit the hours when you can actually reach them for assistance, which can mean increased downtime for your business, frustrated employees, unhappy customers, and halted business operations.

Choose a provider like LightBound that offers always-on, always-available service designed to solve your problems with lightning speed. We are there for you day or night and will work hard to get your services back up and running if there’s ever an issue. Your bottom line will thank you!

4. Who answers the phone when I call?

When you call for help, will you be speaking to an answering machine, robot, third-party assistant, or a personable and ready-to-help expert? Will they know what they’re talking about and be able to help you, or end up wasting your time?

When something goes wrong, having an experienced professional on the other end of the line makes all the difference in getting your problems solved. When you call LightBound for help, one of our expert employees will be ready to assist you 24/7/365, and you’ll be able to put names to faces with our team.

 

5. Who’s responsible for what?

Who’s responsible for the services you receive and who owns the datacenter? Will they be accountable for monitoring and ensuring uptime? Know what your provider promises and what their responsibilities are, only choosing a provider you know you can count on to have your back, make you a priority, and solve issues directly.

If your services will be handled by separate parties, it will be more difficult and time-consuming to resolve issues. This is because, in addition to not knowing where your problems are rooted, you may not be able to get any party to take responsibility for solving them or even care that you’re experiencing downtime.

This is yet another reason it’s important to choose a provider that offers you services directly rather than a reseller that can’t ensure the success of your cloud services all the way through. At LightBound, we are your single-source solution for cloud services, so you have only one phone number to call and we are accountable for your uptime.

Need help choosing the right cloud services provider for your business? Contact us today for direction!