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Understanding the Multi-Tenant Data Center Appeal

Posted On: July 26, 2016

Topic: Data Centers

While many organizations are migrating their data center operations off-premises, not all are going directly to the cloud. Instead, enterprises of all sizes are increasingly finding that multi-tenant data centers (MTDCs) offer the off-site efficiency, scale and cloud-enablement they want, but with the privacy and control they simply can’t get from the public cloud.

MTDCs, often called colocation facilities, have been around for a while. Supporting everything from a single server to a full-blown data center, these facilities provide enterprises with the data center basics – floor space, power, network access and physical security – all at a predictable monthly subscription rate. Combining cloud-like management, footprint and pricing with the control of a private data center, MTDCs continue to gain converts in record numbers. In fact, 451 Research expects the MTDC market to reach $36 billion worldwide by the end of 2017, with worldwide MTDC capacity growing by 75% and global revenue growing by 63%.

The reasons for all this interest and growth are unsurprising. Enterprises gravitate to MTDCs because they offer:

  • Flexible capacity: On-premises data centers often run up against space and structural constraints, especially since some buildings simply aren’t engineered to support the weight of today’s compact, high-density servers and other IT infrastructure. MTDCs are purpose-built to support modern IT infrastructure and can be optimized to support any size data center.
  • Reliable power/cooling: Any organization that has experienced an unplanned electrical failure knows the havoc it can wreak on IT infrastructure. MTDCs provide power and cooling that is both predictable and cost-efficient.
  • Testing alternatives: Many enterprises find they can more easily test new hardware, software and IT architectures at an MTDC, while continuing to run legacy systems in-house. They can then cutover to the new environment only once they are sure everything works as expected, easing the process.
  • Strong physical security: Many organizations can’t keep up with cybersecurity issues, never mind put the staff and facilities in place to ensure proper physical security of their data center. MTDCs restrict and monitor physical access to data centers on a 24/7 basis.
  • Redundancy: Many enterprises look to MTDCs to handle off-site redundant operations for backup, disaster recovery and business continuity.

The Cloud Factor

But perhaps the biggest factor driving MTDC growth is its ability to act as a cloud enabler. Most MTDCs host not just enterprise IT, but also that of cloud service providers, network carriers and other service firms. When enterprises collocate in MTDCs with these firms, they no longer need to use slow Internet links to reach their service providers. They can use direct connections, significantly speeding access and improving performance.

Still, not every MTDC provider offers the same scope or quality of services. Organizations must carefully vet their providers to ensure they cannot only accommodate specific data center requirements, but that they are located where you need them, have a bulletproof reputation, offer strong customer support/responsiveness and can tailor uptime/service level agreement (SLA) guarantees to their needs. OneNeck IT Solutions is an experienced managed service provider who offers, cloud, hybrid IT, colocation services and more.