It is expensive for an organization to build, manage, and maintain its own data centers and infrastructure while also optimizing for uptime, security, and scalability. As such, organizations often leverage third-party data center service providers to perform some of these tasks so they can focus their capital on innovation and growth instead of infrastructure and operations.
Types of data center services can include:
- Colocation services. Colocation data center providers offer scalability, continuity, and security for applications, data, and systems while removing the need to build, staff, and manage in-house server rooms or data centers, allowing colocation tenants the ability to focus on their business. Colocation services provide the space, power, cooling, bandwidth, and security while the customer provides the servers and storage.
- Managed hosting services. Managed hosting service providers allow an organization to move away from a CAPEX model where it owns and operates its own enterprise data center to a predictable monthly OPEX model where the service provider owns and hosts the servers, operating system, network, and storage.
- Managed services. Managed service providers handle the day-to-day operations of an organization’s IT infrastructure. The provider is responsible for maintaining uptime and quickly responding to issues in the data center. This model can improve efficiency and reduce costs for an organization because of the reduced need for in-house staff and resources to manage its infrastructure.
- Migration services. Data center migration service providers enable a fast and successful data center move by aiding in inventorying IT infrastructure and dependency mapping, creating a detailed migration strategy, and executing the plan.
- Consulting and integration services. These service providers help organizations make strategic decisions and integrate systems. Consultants can provide expertise and guidance on selecting or designing new technology, redesigning existing technology, migrations, and integrations.
- Technical training services. These services provide knowledge and skills that apply to a specific profession. Technical training services may include competencies relating to data center management, hardware, or software.
- Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) services. Customers of DCIM software can leverage the vendor’s professional services team for detailed project plans, database population services, post-implementation verification, and training programs that enable administrators and end-users to efficiently manage their data centers.