Best Practices for Selecting a Colocation Provider

Choosing a 100% carrier neutral colocation provider for maximum flexibility

Companies today are looking for a data centre solution that allows them the freedom to ensure their company’s data and scalability needs are met in the most flexible and reliable way.

Cut your costs and routes by choosing your colocation provider based on carrier neutrality.

Carrier-neutral colocation providers generally don’t own local or long-haul fiber assets and, therefore, contract with their customers primarily for data centre services — space, power, cooling and interconnections between the customer and service providers. A rich and often diverse range of carriers will reside within these facilities to provide internet and WAN connectivity to customers.

Interconnectivity between organisations within the facility is provided by the colocation provider, by either routing a direct copper or fiber-optic connection between customers’ secured spaces (if possible), or routing them through a Layer 2 switching fabric.

This complimentary Gartner best practice research provides a three-step process and key considerations for selecting colocation facilities and vendors.

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Best Practices for Selecting a Colocation Provider

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Differentiators of carrier-neutral offerings for retail colocation include:

  • A rich range of carrier options (e.g., for diversity, large bandwidth requirements or for competitive pricing situations).
  • High densities of power in highly resilient facilities.
  • Access to ecosystems of beneficial partners within the facility.
  • Direct connectivity to cloud providers and other digital business partners in the facility.
  • An alternative to the supplier delivering their incumbent network (e.g., for disaster recovery purposes).
  • A supplier for whom colocation is their primary product.
  • Suppliers who do not focus on supplying large networks, but supply alternative services of interest to the enterprise (e.g., disaster recovery as a service [DRaaS] or managed hosting).

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