BALD TRUTH VIDEO:
MY DATACENTER: DIY or MANAGED/CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDER
DEREK ADAIR, ZERTO CLOUD ARCHITECT
Are you in the business of managing and maintaining your own datacenter? Have you prepared for a disaster as thoroughly as you should? And more importantly, do you have a DR testing schedule and are you testing recovery at all? Or are you waiting for an inevitable failure to prove your DR investment? When your applications and data need something beyond what you can deliver, an MSP/CSP has the expertise to do it right the first time with extreme efficiency. If managing a datacenter and its requirements isn’t something that appeals to you or the school of hard knocks has made you wiser, maybe a Managed Service Provider or Cloud Service Provider is the answer. So some of the value and benefits that you’ll receive working with an MSP or CSP are CapX savings. So no hardware to buy or maintain. And no, you do not need to storage arrays. No building maintenance. No leases. No power and cooling. Reduced FTE requirements, making better use of your current resources. Economies of scale savings realized since you only pay for what you need. More SLA choices with no lock in, which offers flexible application-based service level agreements. MSPs and CSPs have exponentially more experience in DR testing, recovery, failovers and more, since this is their business. They do it every day. So if you don’t have the time, experience or the stomach to manage multiple datacenters yourself, take the proven experience route with an MSP/CSP. And that’s the bald truth.