The explosion in the work from home movement over the past few years has been transformational for business. It has driven the need for more data storage and transfer than ever before. One factor that has enabled this is colocated data centers.

The Shift to Work From Home

As of March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic forced many employers to either reduce their staff or seek remote solutions for their businesses. However, even before the global pandemic drove the rapid and widespread shift to remote working in March 2020, this trend had already been in place across many industries and companies. A 2018 IWG survey suggests that, even before the pandemic, 70% of professionals worked remotely at least one day a week and about 50% more than half a week.

Once thought by managers to be a detriment to productivity, the recent spike in hybrid workplaces in the past two years has shown that it is not only a feasible way to work but can be more productive for employees in many situations. And despite conditions in many places allowing employees to return to their offices, many are continuing to work remotely.

Work From Home’s Data Demands

As businesses navigated the challenges of managing a remote workforce through a pandemic, their needs for digitization and connectivity soared. During the first quarter of 2021, enterprise demand was up nearly 50 percent compared to the second and third quarters of 2020.

A hybrid workplace demands greater data center capacity. As a result, many companies struggle to scale their IT infrastructure to support this sudden shift to remote workplaces. This situation resulted in data mitigation to cloud-based applications, a rush on hardware that supports a virtual workplace, and security challenges for remote workers.

The Role of Colocated Data Centers

In the remote workplace, data centers play a significant role. Businesses that previously did not have in-house data centers or IT departments needed to migrate to cloud-based services quickly.

Given this shift, it is easy to see why some private facilities have difficulties managing their on-premise data infrastructure when forced to work from home. In scenarios like these, colocated solutions are much better because it offloads much of the responsibility for managing the IT infrastructure to a third party.

Working with a colocated data center is always a smart option as they have the expertise and capability will assist you in managing your IT infrastructure. Here are just a few of the benefits that a colocated data center can provide to your enterprise when considering the remote workplace:

·  Cloud access for applications and users

·  Outsourced infrastructure management

·  Reliable and around-the-clock solutions

·  Enhanced network security

·  Backup and data redundancy

Partner with Rack59

Strategies around the work from home movement and flexible workplaces are still a dynamic situation. However, recent trends suggest that IT needs are in flux and will continue to heighten the demand for colocated data center facilities, even in a post-pandemic environment.

Rack59 as a colocated data center or for managed IT services. We will partner with you to assess the needs of your enterprise, recommend options that best fit, and implement and support a colocated data center solution that is ideal for your business. Contact Rack59 today.