Colocation

Moving your IT to colocation or cloud is an IT upgrade which boosts your flexibility and resilience by taking advantage of the infrastructure in a data centre. While London is a hub for data centres with a wide range of choices, there are several reasons you might want to avoid the city – even if you’re a London based business.

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What’s the alternative to London data centres?

Out-of-city (OOC) data centres are based in less densely populated areas, but this doesn’t mean that they are exclusively in rural locations, miles away from civilisation. They’re found all over the country, and offer all of the same advantages of London data centres:

  • Increased resilience and reduced downtime
  • 24/7/365 monitoring and security
  • Technical support on current and future projects
  • Reduced costs compared to the office thanks to their efficiency

A well located OOC data centre will be the ideal partner to manage your IT infrastructure, while side-stepping the issues with London data centres.

If you want a comprehensive list of everything a data centre should provide, you can use our 'Data Centre Checklist'.

Cost

We all know that London is an expensive place to be, with space – for businesses and homes – at a premium. The cost of renting office space in London is the highest in Europe, and this high price impacts data centres as well. Data centres in London will have higher operating costs compared to those outside of London, and the prices of their services will reflect this.

On a side note: if you’re considering a managed infrastructure solution, read our blog on how they can help you reduce your office-related costs.

OOC data centres are based in areas where land is cheaper and will be able to offer more competitive prices. You don’t need to go far to find these savings, there are plenty of data centres in the home counties, like Surrey and Sussex, with easy access via the M25.

Accessibility

While we’re talking about accessibility, this is another advantage of using a data centre outside of London. Travel in London is difficult, with the traffic adding an estimated 37% extra travel time onto journeys. This means that your engineers could save time when transporting hardware by travelling to a data centre slightly further away, outside of London. This is time they can spend actually working on your IT, rather than listening to the radio and staring at taillights.

Loading and unloading hardware at the data centre will also be a lot easier at an OOC data centre since they’re a lot more likely to have a loading bay directly connected to the data floor, allowing you to go from van to rack quickly and conveniently. With London data centres, you might well have to bring your servers up several floors of a building, which is more hassle for your engineers, and also increases the risk of damaging equipment in transit.

Internet connection and latency

Historically, one of the key advantages to London data centres was their proximity to internet exchanges which allowed them to offer the fastest connectivity speeds. However, as technology has improved and networks have been upgraded, this proximity has become less and less important over time. You can now find data centres anywhere in the country that can provide you with the internet connectivity you need, including gigabit speeds which will be enough capacity even for the most data-heavy businesses.

Finding a data centre in the ideal location

Out-of-city data centres are able to offer the same excellent level of resilience, reliability, and connectivity that data centres in London provide, so once you’ve decided on what infrastructure management services you need, you’ll have a choice of data centres to work with.

If you think it makes sense to look beyond expensive London data centres, then your best fit might be hosting your IT in the South-East in one of our award-winning data centres in either Surrey or Gatwick.

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