3 Colocation Considerations to Help Your ROI
Since the beginning of the colocation movement in the ‘90s, business requirements have made a dramatic shift. Network bandwidth requirements, storage allocation, and increased security concerns have forced businesses to seek outside assistance for a better way of managing infrastructure and resources.
As business demands change, it’s essential to consider where the data center fits in your IT strategy, and more importantly, what you expect from your colocation provider. Whether your focus is improving customer experiences or increasing uptime for mission-critical applications, your selection of a colocation provider has an impact on whether or not you achieve those goals. Let’s look at a few things to consider.
Does personnel support uptime SLAs?
Access to servers is critical, and even the slightest amount of downtime can have significant costs. Since most data centers use multiple ISPs and WAN connections to create a reliable network that can withstand high traffic or physical damage, they may offer a 100% uptime guarantee. Downtime can often be a result of administrators performing software changes or server configurations incorrectly, leading to a system crash. Be sure that your colocation center has experienced personnel on site that knows how to effectively manage software maintenance issues when they arise.
Are they carrier-neutral?
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice flexibility for colocation. Being able to select the cloud providers and carriers that work best for your business is a critical factor in how you manage your IT operations, and a good colocation partner will be able to accommodate these requirements. Keep in mind that your business will change over time, and you may need to leverage additional providers in the future. A carrier-neutral colocation center gives you the freedom to expand your infrastructure no matter what the future holds.
What types of managed services do they provide?
In addition to the essentials – storage, power, etc. – many colocation providers also bring a variety of managed services to the table. From developing security strategies to building hybrid infrastructures, your colocation provider can be an excellent resource for adding value to your entire organization while also providing round-the-clock support.
Every business has unique needs, but as you expand your IT infrastructure, you will need to decide whether to keep your services in-house (on-premise) or outsource to a colocation provider. The concepts above are just three of the many things that you need to consider when choosing a provider. Before committing to a strategy, let LanYap Networks help you make the right choice.