Accelerate digital transformation and prepare for the future with the right partner
Colocation is a core infrastructure element because it can simplify and accelerate digital transformation (DX), including hybrid cloud and multi-cloud strategies. It also can ease onsite data center downsizing while supporting edge computing, remote workforces and business expansion.
According to recent research, the top reasons enterprises move workloads to colocation data centers are to increase security, flexibility and scalability, and to improve stability as well as infrastructure uptime. ¹
Additional drivers identified in the study include elevated efficiency, reduced workload on technical staff, simplified access to a partner ecosystem and more cost-effective networking services. Interconnection through colocation enables low-latency data exchange among connected parties – the major cloud service providers (CSPs), managed services providers, systems integrators, content delivery networks and others.
Colocation is an important decision that you want to get right the first time. Ideally, you should be able to colocate infrastructure and workloads at your own pace and collaborate with your partner on an implementation roadmap aligned to your objectives.
The checklists below are intended to help CTOs and CIOs think about infrastructure, colocation and interconnection strategically, before diving into technical details. We suggest that you start by ranking the importance of each colocation provider capability relevant to your business objectives.
The fact is that colocation facilities are built, staffed, secured, certified and operated differently. With this checklist serving as one part of upfront due diligence, you can take another step toward selecting a provider that will be a trusted long-term partner and advisor.
Questions about how CoreSite colocation or interconnection capabilities can help you achieve today’s business objectives and position you for growth? Contact us to schedule a call.
¹ IDG, 2021 State of the Data Center: Colocation is the Nexus for Hybrid and Multicloud IT-driven Business Success.
Vice President, Interconnection Strategy
Matt is VP of Interconnection Strategy at CoreSite and has over 11 years of data center and telecommunications industry experience.Read more from this author