Many companies work with data of varying formats and protocols on a daily basis. Nowadays, data comes from various digital platforms: cloud computing, business apps, websites, social media, computers, smartphones, sensors, cameras, etc. And thanks to the Internet, this phenomenon will only continue to gain momentum in the next few years.
If data security and management is crucial to the development and success of your company, the migration of your data to a hosting service has many advantages. Therefore, it’s important to understand your options and choose the rightsolution for you.
How to successfully manage your data
To maximize the relevance of data generated each day, a company must successfully:
- Centralize multiple data sources
- Automate data collection
- Analyze data in a way that’s relevant for your business and establish solutions
These conditions play an important role in allowing companies to transform raw data into exploitable data and facilitate decision-making.
A data-hosting solution tailored to your needs
There are four well-known data-hosting solutions on the market today: colocation, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.
Some companies have on-site servers that take up space, and require specialized IT teams to manage equipment, energy and security issues.
Colocation is defined as the physical transfer of a company’s servers to a specialized data centre that monitors equipment in a controlled environment. The customer pays a monthly rate, which is based on the number of cabinets and the power capacity (KW) needed for optimal server operation.
For companies that already have their own servers, colocation is the ideal solution, as it lowers operational costs and allows IT teams to focus on real business needs. Colocation facilities offer managed services and guarantee energy efficiency, temperature control, system monitoring and reliable security.
IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is a cloud-computing service (cloud) that replaces a company’s physical servers by virtual ones hosted in a data centre. This means a company does not need to buy or install servers on-site. Instead, they simply pay a variable rate based on the capacity they use, thus lowering operational costs. This solution eliminates the need to buy equipment and servers, spreading out such costs over time and allowing a company to adapt as it grows.
IaaS is a highly flexible solution, as it can be adapted to any company’s growing workload. For example, during a period of high growth, IaaS lets customers temporarily reserve additional capacity on virtual servers. The service can be billed monthly, weekly or hourly.
PaaS (Platform as a Service) is another cloud-computing solution. It allows a company’s programmers to create their own applications using a provider’s computing languages and tools that are hosted in data centres. Customers don’t have to pay a fixed rate to buy programming applications or software licenses. They simply pay a variable rate based on the tools they use.
This kind of hosting is optimal for software developing companies, but requires specific expertise.
SaaS (Software as a Service) is yet another cloud-computing service that allows a company to replace certain computer-based applications (i.e. email, security, payroll, software) by equivalent services that are hosted in data centres. Again, customers do not pay a fixed rate per license, but pay a monthly per-user fee instead.
Microsoft Office 365 is a great example of a SaaS solution that’s quite popular nowadays. The suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Sharepoint made available via a simple monthly per-employee subscription.
Flexibility and growth
With all of the abovementioned solutions (colocation, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), companies can access their data via an Internet connection or a private network link (i.e. MPLS), thus generating flexibility and growth.
Today, many companies are opting for a hybrid hosting solution. Depending on your specific business needs, some of these data-hosting solutions might be interesting to lower costs and increase security as well as flexibility while allowing you to focus on your core business activities.