At its most basic level, yes, colocation is simply a physical space to house your servers. And if it was only that, you could use just about any space, anywhere. But of course, there’s a lot more to colocation. Here are the top five things to consider when choosing a colocation provider:
Does the provider have the requisite skills and expertise to ensure that the data center is functioning at optimal capacity? The Uptime Institute states that 70% of data center outages occur because of human error. Having an experienced team in place and on call is critical.
Is there 24/7/365 proactive monitoring, support and onsite security? Think of the colocation space as an extension of your organization’s space, with the same set of standards used to govern your onsite technology and data assets.
Does the provider have the infrastructure in place to maintain a continuous supply of electricity? Look at the utility feed to ensure the capacity exists now and for future upgrades. Equally important is a co-generation backup system to help ensure uninterrupted power supply (UPS).
Does the provider enable you to connect seamlessly to multiple carriers, ISPs and regional networks without compromising speed? A resilient internet connection is essential to achieving global connectivity whenever required.
Has the provider provisioned for future growth? As your business needs change and grow, so will your data needs. Look for a provider that can meet your expansion needs as you need them, whether they’re gradual, seasonal or immediate.
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