How a data centre can help scale your software business

Growing your software business can be a daunting task to take on with so many elements to think about, such as increasing manpower, expanding your IT infrastructure and focusing on marketing strategies.
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Data is the most critical part of any business, with security and data compliance challenges to manage daily. For a software business, developing and protecting the source code of your software is paramount and getting this right from the start will help your business when the time comes to scale up.

Predicting the space and capacity your business will need to store its data is extremely hard to get right. Building too much can waste resources and costs better spent elsewhere, building too little could limit your capacity to scale up down the line. Investing in an outsourced data centre will free up your resources to focus on the business and will connect you to experts who can tailor your needs to the growing demands of the business.

Pay-as-you-grow

The best solution for your business is a data centre that can help you as you grow. Rather than having to predict your future business needs, a data centre will allow you to use the capacity you need in the present moment and increase or decrease at any time. This solution means there is no waste in extra space or bandwidth and when you do scale up, you can focus on developing your software and marketing it without worrying how you will store the extra data.

Protect your source code

The most important element of a software business is its source code and security is vital for your organisation. If your source code is stolen or leaked, it can cause damage to your reputation and cost you financially. Protecting from both outside and inside threats is necessary and this is where a data centre like Macquarie Data Centres can help.

Data centres are built to be secure and allow only authorised people to access the data they store. Their security systems include surveillance, locked server cages, security guards, multi-tier infrastructure and identity protocols. If you invest in a data centre, you can have peace of mind that your source code is always physically protected and you can change access levels whenever you need.

Data centres not only physically protect your data, they have powerful cybersecurity software and firewalls to provent hacking and malware. They ensure only authorized people from your business can access the source code with protocols like password encryption, SSH or HTTPS and multi-level authority access.

Reduce expenses

Building an in-house data centre can be costly for your business, including physical storage space, resources to not only build but continually manage and update security technology, and this cost is repeated every time you want to scale up. With a data centre, you can switch from large capital expenditure to a more manageable operating expenditure as data centres sole focus is building storage, they can build quickly and more cost effectively than the majority of businesses can.

So if you are developing new software to release to the market, your business can focus solely on this with the knowledge that you can simply lease the extra data centre space you need when you need it

Backups and Reduced downtime

For a software business, your reputation as a technology driven and trusted business is vital. If you lose a data backup or your software goes down, this can be detrimental to your authority in the market. This is even more so important when scaling your software and releasing new products to the market, you will need to ensure every technology update is backed up.

If you run your data centre from your businesses’ power grid, it can cause your technology to slow down and result in more power failures. The more power failures you have, the more chance you have of losing data or backups. Data centres are built to provide industrial power grids and maintain upkeep, working proactively to prevent downtime for your business. In the case of a system failure, data centres have access to backup generators to continue their power, something which most in-house data centres will not have easy access to.