Dan Cullen, Vice President of CoSentry, Offers Insights on the Rising Cost of Data Center Operations & Compliance

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At some point you ask the question, what business am I really in? That's when the complication melts away. When a part of your business becomes this expensive and complex, it's time to find a reliable partner who manages these questions every day.

Beyond the current general economic trends, good operations management has always required an honest look at essential services and the best way to source them. In recent years, the growing costs of compliance, computing services, and specifically the significant rise in data center operations, have required an even more judicious review into cost/benefit analysis.

Dan Cullen, vice president of CoSentry’s central division, one of the largest data center operators in the central U.S. shares his experience. The following notes outline key insights and observations developed during 10 years of building and operating data centers and meeting regulatory requirements.

“Today, new, high density technologies have intensified the costs of operating data centers and keeping them in compliance. Consider our new Midlands Center wherein we are NIST, FISMA, SSAE16, LEED, OSHA and PCI compliant, that requires a great deal of time, money and focused expertise. When you add the administrative cost of tracking, documenting and auditing it’s no longer an investment you can justify, internally.”

Insights from an Operations Leader - "Bottom line, it is less expensive"


Whether it is the fact that it takes managed service providers less time to accomplish the same mission, or that they spread the cost and can do it less expensively---fact is, it's safer, cheaper and better. By better, that means you do not have to focus on compliance or regulatory issues. You’ll know that someone else is fully focused on those types of liabilities and safety issues. By safer, you will not have to deal with important items like the new OSHA guidelines and the liability tied to them. This is particularly true of services that demand the kind of 24 hour/7 day vigilance of a data center. That’s what lets you sleep at night.


The truth about training is that most companies just do not get it done. They mean to, they know it is important, and most understand that it catches up with you. But in a global, 24-hour- a-day economy, it is difficult to find the time or the payoff. Given the speed of business and the fact that people do not stay around as long as they used to, it is hard to invest in all these varying certifications. Hardware, software, virtualization, de-duplication and cloud computing are said to be competitive advantages, but somebody has to learn them to run them. Add the fact that auditors are more active than ever, and few have the resources to stay atop of security, regulation and compliance.


“When everyone lived in a PC-driven world, they needed to be concerned with their own systems. In this highly connected, 24/7 world businesses need to know the infrastructure and platforms they rely upon are stable."

It is all about reliability. There was a time when the words "the system is down" meant a short break from the day's routine. Today, everyone knows that every minute the network is down, they are losing money. In the market today, there is an on-line time advantage and time loss is business loss. Because change happens every organization faces the potential of down time, but it should not come from your network. Weather, communications failures, HVAC systems or just human error………. you need to protect your systems by placing them somewhere safe and compliant.


It’s safer, cheaper and better.

If you would like to get a ballpark estimate how much money you could save by using CoSentry Data Center and Colocation facilities, please feel free to download this free Cost-Benefit Analysis Tool.


This tool will help show the cost differences between hosting a business hosting their own Data Center versus CoSentry services, plus it may point out expenses many businesses have not considered.


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