According to ARC Telecoms the benefits of colocation over self-provisioning include reduced cross connect fees, protection from power outages, increased security and redundancy as well as retained control and ownership of the data by the client.
Businesses colocating in Teraco will also benefit from having quick and easy access to all significant networks and carriers in South Africa. This allows for reduced interconnect fees, having the freedom to select the best access provider and an easy connection with any of the other clients housed in the data centre.
“There are many SMEs that host their own servers on their premises. These are often not sufficiently maintained, backed up or protected against theft, damage and power outages or surges. Colocation is perfect for customers that are looking to host their servers in a secure, redundant environment but don’t have the capital or the need to build a data centre for themselves,” says Steve Briggs, ARC Telecoms CEO.
“According to BMI’s research less than half of South African SMEs are using any form of outsourced hosting service which suggests to us that they definitely fall into the colocation market,” says Briggs.
“This partnership is important for the SME market as it gives the smaller guys a way to have their ‘own’ data centre without having to fork out on infrastructure. This model offers SMEs a route to place their servers in our vendor neutral facilities as they can purchase space in smaller quantities than if they partnered with Teraco directly,” says Lex van Wyk, MD of Teraco Data Environment.