The global pandemic forced rapid evolution — arguably a decade’s worth — in less than a year. The cornerstone of this workplace evolution is the new emphasis on remote work — a change having widespread ramifications on businesses, city centres, and future ways of working.

Those who embrace remote teams can enjoy the advantages of attracting distributed talent, a more engaged, and, arguably, more productive workforce, and cost reductions when office spaces are no longer needed. While many may embrace the changes, there are challenges involved.

True remote organisations — without a physical office — are difficult to achieve when servers and essential IT equipment are housed on-site. In fact, due to data constraints, many organisations are being forced to pay for commercial spaces that they simply no longer need.

The rise of the virtual office

The digital transformation that businesses have embraced during the pandemic doesn’t have to stop with remote employees. If companies prefer, it is possible to transform the physical office into a virtual one. For some, this will mean transferring essential data to a cloud-based storage system, which will save on physical space, and, in turn, allow for greater security.

Cloud-based storage isn’t a complete solution though. Most organisations use a hybrid storage model where some servers and essential equipment are housed privately on-site. However, this doesn’t mean the company must have a commercial office space. Evolution to an entirely remote team can be made possible when organisations employ the use of external data centres to maintain their equipment and servers for them.

Data centres are secure, scalable, and are an excellent option for disaster recovery. A data centre can also offer access to cutting-edge tools that wouldn’t otherwise be possible within the organisation.

A more secure approach

Opting for a data centre likely means opting for a higher security environment. When it comes to data, security is paramount during storage and transfer, which is why it’s essential to choose a service that protects your information throughout the entire process.

Datacom offers a full relocation service, which securely removes on-site servers and equipment and relocates them to hyperscale, 100 per cent reliable, state-of-the-art data centres. On-site maintenance, backups, generators, and coolers at the data centres all offer extra peace of mind. Datacom's data centres also have the advantage of being equipped with industry-leading certifications — most of which are unattainable for smaller businesses due to their high cost.

A cost-saver

For smaller and medium organisations, every dollar counts. Using data centres is a real opportunity to reduce costs. When essential data is housed off-site, the commercial office space can close, saving on rent and equipment that’s no longer necessary. Data centres also have on-site technicians, removing the need to hire individual technicians.

While this type of service may have previously been seen as unattainable for smaller businesses, Datacom’s data centres in Australia and New Zealand offer scalable usage, with secure and dedicated single-, half-, and quarter-rack compartments, as well as a pay-for-what-you-use model, which is perfect for small- and medium-sized business.

The pandemic has forced rapid evolution. Remote work is no longer a luxury, it's now a standard by which many companies operate. For some, the virtual office isn’t an ideal — it’s a necessary reality. When companies couple their need to pivot and innovate quickly with the use of remote facilities and data centres, they will reap the rewards of the new remote world.

Learn more about how your business may benefit from the use of data centres.

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