The good news is that your organization could be thriving. The bad news is that it can be getting larger quicker than you thought. Any organization that is growing will have to face the fact that they may need a data center in their near future. While hiring an IT person to handle an individual server or two on the property may work, there is always the possibility that your organization will continue growing so large that more space is needed for your technological needs.
What to Do?
You will have to make some important decisions when you realize your individual business computers just aren’t cutting it anymore. They may have trouble playing nice with one another or information stored on one is not accessible to others. This is when you need to rationalize whether it would be in your best interest to create a data center on the premises of your organization or buy/rent space that could be provided to you through a much larger data center that is already up and running.
Consider Your Options
You can always build your own data center right on your own property, but this can quickly eat up time, space, and money pretty quickly. But the benefit is you maintain control over the entire facility and its operations. You are essentially a one-man band.
If you would like to save your time and some money while getting things up and running quicker, you can always buy into a data center. You will pay a fee to have your data stored and operational on someone else’s servers. Yet, there is another option available that maybe you have not thought of.
Colocation data center companies offer a data center facility in which a business can rent space for servers and other hardware that might be needed. Typically, a colocation provides the building and the space, the cooling needed to keep the equipment running properly, power needed for the servers, immense bandwidth, and actual physical security while the customer provides the servers and the storage.
Whatever the best decision is for your organization, preparing for these situations now could eliminate much of the guesswork later on. Possibly contact data centers in your area or talk with other organizations on what they do for their technology needs. Hearing from others will provide you the knowledge you need to go forward.