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Data Center Expansion Options – Should You Build or Buy?

Today, the need to house and maintain an ever-increasing amount of digital assets is growing exponentially.
When law firms are faced with the need to expand or modernize their data centers, they must choose to build a new facility, modify existing data center space, or find a partner.

As with everything, a major consideration is cost, including moving capital expense to operating expense.

Build or Buy?

What is causing data center growth?

  • Outgrowing current capacity — From gathering more data than ever before to increasing development needs
  • Outdated equipment — Technology moves in exponential leaps
  • Global expansion—Growing a footprint while maintaining service levels everywhere
  • Market trends — Enabling mobility and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • The move to Big Data and Analytics — Turning data into action
  • Disaster recovery — Protecting digital assets, bottom line, and more

An Uncertain Future

As law firms look ahead to modernizing current data centers or building out, determining future needs can be difficult. A significant capital investment today has repercussions that last for years.

  • Workloads are continually moving to the Cloud. What will your capacity needs be in 5 or 10 years?
  • Technology shifts constantly. What applications will be vital to your business in the future?
  • The need for capacity isn't static. Can you scale up or down dynamically with staff, budget, and bandwidth?
  • Time to market is more important than ever with an increased need for new applications and workloads. How soon do you need added capacity?

Law firms need to carefully consider the capital expense needed to support data center operations in house, including facilities, maintenance, and power consumption. Partnering with a trusted provider will help you free up time and capital better spent on growing your business.

The tide is shifting. Where is your IT investment?

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