Posted On: March 06, 2018
Topic: Data Centers
Thanks to cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the vast amounts of data being produced, backed up and stored, organizations are finding they need to rethink their data center strategies. The solution for many is outsourcing these operations to a colocation provider.
Trends Behind the Move
Colocation, the practice of renting or outsourcing space for servers and other hardware, has been used for years primarily as an approach to managing backup and data recovery. While colocation continues to serve these purposes, the addition of hundreds if not thousands of endpoints connecting to networks is making it more difficult to meet the peaks and valleys of access demand. In response, organizations are also adopting colocation as a means to scale to dynamic data needs.
Colocation also adds a level of security against outages or specific attacks like Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS). By spreading data across colocation centers in different parts of the country or world decreases the risk of downtime.
Finally, growth in technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning require increased computing power. Colocation allows companies to gain that power at a more manageable cost.
Before taking the jump into colocation, there are five important factors to consider. They include:
Finding the Right Solution
As more data is collected and more devices connect to networks behind the firewall, having a colocation solution with purpose-built, concurrently maintainable data center facilities is a necessity. The right solution will be fortified for maximum performance, offer a single point of accountability and be tailored for individual companies.
The future of the data center is changing as organizations require more powerful computing and more modern data infrastructures. Far from a one-size-fits-all solution, colocation needs to be approached as a strategy aligned with your budget and security priorities.
Download our Ultimate Colocation Buyer's Guide for additional gudiance on key colocation decision considerations.
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