Bringing prospective customers in for a data center tour is something that colocation/multi-tenant data center providers are certainly familiar with. Once you’ve spoken via email and phone, and shared relevant documents and literature, the next step is often showing the potential client your facility so they can make their final decision.
Using virtual reality to bring the data center tour to your customers – instead of bringing your customers to your site – is becoming an option as the technology becomes more practical and usable. Instead of your client trying to bring all relevant parties together at once and traveling to the site, a virtual reality data center tour can allows them to stay where they are and walk through your facility virtually at a time most convenient to them.
By offering this perk to potential customers, you can help them:
Even if potential clients opt to do in-person, onsite data center tours, virtual reality can be used to show parts of your data center that are typically locked down or not accessible.
Offering virtual reality tours offers perks for you, too:
It’s important to note, however, that bringing a virtual reality data center tour on board is successful only with the right infrastructure.
As a 360-degree video application that allows users to interact with digital environments and objects (typically through a device like a headset or glasses, but can also be viewed on computers or tablets), having the infrastructure in place to store and stream this data across a network requires a lot of bandwidth. If the network used to view the virtual reality tour isn’t capable of supporting this capability, the end result could be frustration.
Belden’s data center solutions team can help you navigate data center connectivity, working with your team to find solutions that reduce costs, improve uptime, maximize space utilization and improve security. Learn more here.
Denis is a product line manager for Belden R&E folio. Denis hold a BSc in Mech Eng (1989); Denis’s focus on helping data center managers find solutions to density challenges, (cable mng, heat, power). He has been involved with deployment of over 3 million square feet of white space. In his spare time Denis enjoy golfing and MTB.