10 Things to Look for in a Colocation Provider

Tech Target 

Topics: Colocation,  Data center, Software

Transcript Summary

 It is important to choose the right colocation provider, to reap all of its benefits. Colocation is an attractive IT service that supports clients with physical building space, power cooling, physical security, and computing equipment such as storage, networking, software tools, as well as data center expertise. It helps with cost performance, compliance, and services benefits. 10 things to consider when choosing a colocation provider include the following: power density, floor space, WAN redundancy, contract flexibility, location, hidden fees, compliance, security, services, and road map.  

Power density helps in understanding how much power the colocation provider can deliver and your business needs. Minimizing floor space requirements helps in fitting more gear into a smaller data center footprint. WAN redundancy brings competitive win pricing for businesses and enables redundant client connectivity. Contract flexibility allows legal business and IT teams then negotiate for better terms. The location of the colocation can be helpful in terms of accessibility and guarantee protection against natural disasters. Hidden fees such as setup, change in connectivity fees, redundant power features backup, and data protection services can become easier to see. Compliance is vital for the business’s compliance with certain workloads. Security helps to ensure that their measures are suitable and can lead to the discussion of further security options. Fundamental services, such as backup, disaster recovery, planning, and testing, or staff to remotely manage and maintain equipment can be easily available. Road map to look ahead and discuss plans for the future. 


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