A look inside the hot aisle in a CenturyLinkTechnology data center in the London market. The company plans a major expansion of its data center footprint in 2014. (Photo: CenturyLink/Savvis)

A look inside the hot aisle in a CenturyLinkTechnology data center in the London market. The company plans a major expansion of its data center footprint in 2014. (Photo: CenturyLink/Savvis)

Six Considerations in Choosing a Colocation Provider

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Choosing a colocation provider can be tough. There are so many new types of use-cases that necessitate a move into a colocation–that administrators are often left with more questions than answers. Questions include: What are the connectivity options between my site and the colo data center? How does my colocation provider ensure security and compliance? Can my colocation provider ensure optimal cooling and power capabilities? The reality is that working with a colocation provider will take some research.

Still, with the proliferation of cloud computing, an ever-expanding user model, and new requirements from today’s business world – expanding your infrastructure into a colocation facility absolutely makes sense.

In this white paper from CenturyLink, there is an overview of the six critical consideration points required to make a colocation decision. They include:

  • Breadth of Capabilities
  • Data Center Location
  • Connectivity Options
  • Security & Compliance
  • Support Services
  • Power & Cooling

From physical location to network integration, there are important elements to consider when placing your hardware with a colocation company. Asking the right questions can ensure an optimal deployment. Any latencies or points of failure need to be eliminated or minimized to ensure the performance of your business applications. Redundant systems ensure your business will continue to operate and serve your customers, no matter what unforeseen events may arise. And having a secure environment protects your business from intrusions that can have a devastating impact on your business.

Remember, each business’s needs are slightly different, and you should bear in mind the operational dynamics that make your business unique. Download this white paper today to learn the details around the six considerations which are relevant to all colocation environments that clients deploy. In creating your next-generation infrastructure, it’s critical to know what your organizational demands are, both today and in the future. Working with the right colocation provider can help your enterprise stay agile and scale to the needs of your evolving user and enterprise.

About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the National Director of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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