Really? Does a small business need a data center?
Well, there are many contributing factors that go into deciding whether or not you need to outsource your “computer room” to a data center. The first few questions are the same when discussing the choice of choosing a hosted VoIP system for your phones. Keep it in-house or put it in the hands of a company that would have it in a data center.
Does your office lose electricity and / or its Internet connection regularly? Do you host on your servers any private customer information that needs to be protected? Does the information on your servers need 24×7 access from the Internet? If you answer Yes to any of these questions, then you might want to consider hosting your servers / firewall / switches in a data center.
If you are still not sure, bring in a consultant with that experience or reach out to some fellow business owners that may be in the same predicament. Two heads are better than one.