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5 Trends in Colocation That Bring Cloud Benefits to Data Centers

Posted On: March 21, 2016

Topic: Cloud & Hosting Solutions

Organizations are discovering the many benefits to using cloud providers, including reduced IT costs and increased scalability. But not every company is comfortable with housing company data and applications outside the company network, leading some to create private clouds that run on the company's internal servers and internal network.

While private cloud environments offers organizations some of the public cloud benefits, they are left with the responsibility for the management of its hardware and network. Using a colocation arrangement is an option for organizations to offload some of that responsibility to a colocation provider. New trends in colocation provide a more cloud-like experience to organizations that choose to house their servers in an external data center.

Colocation data centers offer the same benefits of the cloud, including:

  1. Improved customer service. One of the key advantages to the cloud is the ability to respond to customer requests and rapidly provision additional servers or storage upon request. In the past, responding to customer requests for additional services in colocation centers could take weeks and may have required renegotiating contracts. Today, colocation facilities understand the dynamic nature of requests and are prepared to quickly respond to customer requests on demand.
  1. High levels of security. Cloud providers have responded to concerns about data security in the cloud by working towards industry certifications to enable them to meet the compliance needs of regulated industries. Colocation centers also meet these certifications and go a step further by offering organizations complete control over who has access to their servers, a feature not possible in the public cloud. Physical security provided in a colocation center is also important and many provide biometrics to provide frictionless access to authorized technicians.
  1. Managed services support. Colocation sites now offer additional services beyond simply space, power, and network connectivity. Some colocation facilities now offer Infrastructure-as-a-Services functions, eliminating the need for companies to manage basic infrastructure services like backups for their servers.
  1. Real-time usage reports. Cloud providers offer dashboards with full visibility into the utilization of their services. Colocation providers also offer real-time web access to information to servers performance as well as their power and cooling utilization and monitor climate factors like temperature and humidity.
  1. Productive staff. In the cloud organizations are generally able to reduce their IT staff but trade off control. The design of new colocation centers are intended to make your organization's IT support staff more productive. In traditional data centers the environment can be difficult to control and uncomfortable to work in. Colocation data centers are designed with high tech temperature controls; make it easy to reach the organization’s servers with wider aisles for more access; and provide other comfort services that meet the needs of workers, like conference and break rooms with all the amenities.

Colocation Services for Your Organization

Choosing the right infrastructure architecture is key for organizations to achieve secure, cost-effective, and productive operations. Using a managed private cloud in a colocation center gives you some of the benefits of public cloud while maintaining the advantages of single tenancy.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of colocation is that you also gain access to the service provider's cloud expertise and management capabilities. OneNeck IT Solutions uses our more than 20 years of experience to offer our customer’s hybrid IT.  This expertise allows us to build, deploy and manage cloud solutions that offer scale, security, and the flexibility to adapt to an organization's needs for change and growth.