Colocation 101

Datacenter colocation is when a customer hosts private servers and networking equipment at a data center. Organizations can rent rack, network and other resources at data centers across the world to create a worldwide reach to their customers. 

Colocation becomes an imperative part of technical infrastructure for any business to interact with their customers, ecosystem partners or government agencies. Instead of spending months setting up their own data centers, companies can purchase colocation services to launch their internet presence quickly with much less investment and operational burden. Instead of messing up with data center buildup and operation, a company can focus on their core services by simply selecting colocation services. 

Below are some key considerations in evaluating colocation service providers. 

●    Reliability

In today’s highly competitive market, it becomes essential for a businesses’ services to be available all the time. With colocation service, you to ensure your applications are always online with the right support from your colocation service providers.

●    Security

With enterprise application vulnerabilities being exploited by hackers constantly, security should be a paramount concern to any online business when their evaluate their potential colocation service provider. For example, colocation provides Managed Firewall, DDoS detection and migration, on top of physical security like perimeter fencing, keycard scanners, mantrap entries.

●    Compliance Requirements

it is also necessary to remember that colocation services place customers’  IT equipment in a shared facility. Hence, specific security requirements should be designed in, to meet compliance requirements like HIPPA, PCI, GDPC etc. 

●    Scalability

Another key consideration for colocation service is its ability to support your growth across the globe, wherever your customers are. Besides the geographic reach, colocation service providers should have the ability to provide the space, power, cooling, internet infrastructure required to support your business expansion as well. 

●    Low Operating Cost

Obviously, a lower cost of operation with colocation service is essential to help the business stay competitive in their own market. One needs to be careful to evaluate the total cost of colocation services. Besides monthly recurring costs like power, space, cooling, internet connectivity, customers need to understand non-recurring costs like setup fee, remote hand service policy and price etc. 

Data center colocation services are extremely advantageous when deployed thoughtfully, with careful considerations for all the factors listed above. Feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] should you want to discuss colocation service with our experts. 

How to Leverage Colocation in the Hybrid Cloud Environment

Although most workloads can conceivably run in the cloud, colocation and dedicated hardware aren’t disappearing.

Enterprise IT can customize a suite of cloud services – backup as a service, disaster recovery (DR) as a service, low-latency hybrid cloud interconnects – and colocation space, while tacking on extras such as IT asset lifecycle management. This accommodates existing capital investments and workloads that require direct business ownership and control.

While many customer facing applications are increasingly deployed in Public Clouds like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform, enterprises of all sizes are still running many of their non customer facing applications in house. There are many factors to consider when you decide on the best option to deploy your applications, from costs to compliance requirements, just name a few. 

For some customers and their applications, managed services on dedicated hardware or managed colocations offer the right balance between owning a data center and pure cloud. For instance, the combination of application and server-level monitoring services on dedicated hardware enabled some customers to optimize the code and catch problems before customers felt the effects.

Managed colocation or dedicated hardwares also help to minimize routine IT tasks burden on enterprises, with the specialists from managed service providers acting as the outsourced IT department. You can offload routine works like set up an OS, do security updates, so that you can focus on your core business. 

Managed colocation or dedicated hardware provider can also provide customized solutions to meet unique customer requirements, from power and cooling density, unique hardware configurations, unique bandwidth and security requirements. 

Silicon Valley is one of the largest data markets in the U.S., and has many experienced managed colocation and dedicated hardware providers to help enterprise optimize their hybrid cloud requirements in the age of cloud.