Most organisations today need to support a range of demanding applications that drive their business, but full-feature data centre builds with ongoing operational overheads often prove cost prohibitive. Lack of physical space, security and environmental maintenance are typically the initial drivers for a change to a colocation data centre. However, it’s the high network density and cloud connectivity that colocation providers offer that are the real catalysts for organisations with scale and digital transformation requirements.
So what is a good colocation provider?
Beyond the high standards of data centre configuration and building features, good colocation data centres offer plenty of internal cross-connect opportunities with communities of interest. Some provide ‘meet-me rooms’ where different carriers in the centre can efficiently exchange data, but more widely, the leading colocation providers offer all industry types fast and reliable interconnectivity between regional, in-country and cross- continent facilities.
The best colocation data centres provide access to a selection of national and international carriers, ensuring that private networking, IP access and IP transit requirements are met. Multiple fibre access routes and building access mean that high resiliency solutions can always be supported.
With cloud or hybrid cloud architecture now the IT norm, the leading colocation providers also provide customers with a choice of connectivity options to all the cloud service providers.
How do you choose the right colocation provider?
Colocation becomes the natural choice for growing organisations who want more control over the size, agility and strategy surrounding their IT architecture. To help decide on the best, secure colocation provider for your business there are a number of checklist considerations:
Does the colocation provider allow you to easily connect to the clouds and networks you need?
A good colocation offering is one that lets you easily interconnect with the clouds, carriers, partners and customers in your network. If you choose colocation that just focuses on space, and doesn’t prioritise good connectivity, you may end up having to invest more later on.
Select colocation in a data centre which has a good number of carriers and connectivity providers so you can get up and running without extra spend on last-mile connectivity.
Do they exceed your minimum security and compliance requirements?
Securing company and client data is essential and colocation data centres give companies the opportunity to alleviate the worry of digital asset safety, freeing up focus for other initiatives. Most colocation data centres maintain very high levels of physical security, including on-site security guards, 24x7 surveillance and biometric authorisation.
Choose a secure colocation provider that gives you complete confidence by providing the highest standards of security, added protectional services and rigorous compliance solutions.
Do you have the freedom to scale and grow with your colocation provider?
It can be a fine balance – you want a colocation provider with well populated data centres (to offer an improved network of customers, carriers and partners for you connect with directly), but also one that can offer you the flexibility of additional space at a moment's notice if requirements change.
One way to get the best of both world’s is to choose a colocation provider with metro connectivity between its colocation data centres. If there is fibre connectivity between multiple data centres from one colocation provider, you can be assured you’ll get all connectivity and space you need.
Do they offer enough geographical diversity?
Often it makes business sense to not store all critical infrastructure in a single facility. It’s not the best solution for resiliency or compliance and policy may dictate a completely separate site for effective backup or disaster recovery.
Does your provider offer a world-wide presence?
Connectivity is a key benefit of colocation and it’s one of the main reasons why companies now undertake a data centre migration. Assurance that you can access a blend of local, national and international connectivity will both enable and future-proof global business.
Select a well-connected colocation provider that spans your key business locations of today, as well as countries where potential wider business opportunities lie ahead.
Colocation data centres can be a benefit to businesses of any size. Smaller businesses can access the features of a large IT department without investment, whilst larger companies can expand their compute and storage capabilities without more capex.
Whatever the size, to solve any local or global coverage, capacity and ecosystem connectivity requirements, choose a pervasive data centre platform that can integrate all physical and virtual needs.
If you are considering shift to colocation, PlatformDIGITAL® is the leading global data centre platform for hosting critical infrastructure and interconnecting digital ecosystems.
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