Date Added: Dec 2010
As day-to-day business and compliance requirements place pressure on firms to secure and protect critical data and equipment, many companies face challenges about how to power, cool, and secure their IT systems. Some large firms build and manage their own data centers. For most small and medium firms, colocating their servers in an independent facility is usually a better solution - such outsourcing avoids a sizable investment in infrastructure. It is often preferable to locating servers at the firm's own site, with the resulting impact on office space, power, and Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as any security, business continuity, or regulatory compliance issues.