Small business can thrive off the right data centre build
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✏️ IAN CHARD
The first thing to understand when building a data centre for small business is what a data centre actually is. The easiest way to think of a data centre is a dedicated space that houses your IT operations and data. It does this via networked servers that manage your computer systems, critical applications and the flow of company data.
This includes shared software applications, such as email and file sharing, as well more complex applications like customer relationship management (CRM) platforms and enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms.
Data centre for small business?
When building a data centre for small business, it’s important to have a clear vision of its purpose and where the benefits will lie when it comes to growth.
Think about your requirements both now and in the future in areas such as security, accessibility, business continuity and disaster recovery. For small business, building your own data centre enables you to keep control of your critical data and meet the variety of obligations you manage in order to run your operations successfully and support consistent growth.
Data centre for security
When it comes to security, for example, having your own data centre is of particular benefit if you are in a highly regulated industry, such as financial services or healthcare. These verticals are subject to strict regulatory mandates as to how data is handled and stored, so using your own data centre mitigates any risk posed by a shared infrastructure such as public cloud.
Data centre for business continuity
You may also find that your business continuity and disaster recovery requirements demand an on-premises data centre to meet your Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) targets should the worst happen.
Data centre for apps
Technology companies that develop apps and software might also find a purpose-built data centre suits their needs better than public cloud, as it offers the chance to have greater control over the applications, as well as assuring availability, performance and speed.
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a new generation of business computing that’s purpose built for rapid deployment and ease of management. It’s one that a growing number of smaller organisations are adopting to support rapid growth and keep IT costs down.
HCI combines compute, storage and network. It uses abstraction and automation to provide an all-in-one data centre that can be up and running in under an hour. Best of all, it gives you a common business computing platform that provides cloud-like agility (on demand, as a service) and economics (pay only for what you need).
Not only does hyperconvergence deliver the same level of flexibility and cost efficiencies that come with cloud, it’s also proven to give you lower total cost of ownership over time compared with public cloud fees. You can also achieve further savings in terms of networking and IT staff time.
According to a recent survey of IT Pros by TechTarget, reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) and simplifying data centre management were two requirements that drove HCI adoption. However, a wide range of additional factors were also cited by respondents, including ease of scaling up and out, increasing agility, providing a common application platform and reducing capital expenditure (CAPEX). All compelling reasons for small businesses looking to support their growth plans.
Build a small-business data centre with confidence
When you embark upon your data centre build, it’s a wise move to stick with one end-to-end provider. This will help ensure that all elements of your data centre offer consistency and alignment, with components designed to work together seamlessly.
It will also offer you consistency in terms of quality of support, with just one contact number to manage and one provider offering the same level of service each time.
Furthermore, you will have peace of mind knowing that your data centre will have security hard-wired into each process. Cisco’s data centre portfolio offers not only these elements, but the opportunity to work with flexible and scalable solutions that are programmable and interoperable and built on open standards, meaning lower costs and less risk.
Data centre costs
Once you’ve chosen the data centre option that’s right for your growing business, Cisco has a number of flexible payment options to consider. Our easylease 0% offers you a three-year, zero-percent deal when you spend £1,000 or more, meaning you can spread your costs over 36 months. If you prefer a three-year, zero-percent deal with flexible options at the end of the term, Cisco Easy Pay allows you to bundle hardware, software and services into one fixed, monthly payment over three years, with flexible options at the end of the term.
There is also the Commercial Payment Option for solutions with longer refresh cycles. Enjoy spreading your costs over five years, with flexible options at the end. Or try Cisco Open Pay, which allows you to pay an agreed fixed amount, plus whatever capacity you might use.