According to the 2017 Frost & Sullivan survey, 68% of businesses leverage colocation services in their hybrid IT environment. 70% of IT leaders also plan to increase their colocation deployments over the next two years.
The prevalence of big data and the increasing adoption of IoT devices have put increased emphasis on network capacity and performance. With more and more businesses living and dying by their system availability, reliability and security, a shift toward colocation was inevitable.
What is colocation and why have businesses increasingly incorporated it into their plans?
Rather than building your own private infrastructure, rental equipment, space and bandwidth are available from a colocation provider. Colocation partners equip you with space, power, cooling and physical security to run your network with minimal cost and complexity. Unlike public clouds, you maintain control of your applications when working with a colocation provider.
The main components you can rent when working with a colocation facility include:
IT leaders have typically adopted colocation in order to scale beyond their private data centers without the steep cost of infrastructure expansion. Yet, there’s a much greater draw to colocation than the added space and power. Colocation providers offer businesses a more realistic way to modernize and optimize their network operations.
Though public clouds have been a go-to solution for some businesses, many IT leaders can’t afford to surrender control of their critical and sensitive applications. Colocation facilities stand out for your ability to tweak or customize the infrastructure you rent in order to achieve your desired performance and business objectives.
How do these fundamental benefits impact your operations and bottom line?
While you may not need to migrate all of your workloads to a colocation solution, many businesses run their most important applications through this growing computing model. The Frost & Sullivan survey shows some of the most common workloads deployed through colocation:
What are your most important applications? How much could you improve your performance and reduce your costs?
Find out today by requesting a data center quote.
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