Best Practices for Selecting a Colocation Provider

Choosing the right colocation service based on scalability offer

Some companies today hesitate to commit to a data storage option for long-term, being unsure of the exact short-term IT direction their business will need. Such delay can result in unnecessary capital allocation and inflexible reactions to both growth needs and company IT crises.

Looking at best practice, it is clear that the business of the future is flexible, scalable and reliable – just like the colocation provider you should choose.

Match the colocation provider type to your requirements for scale, network diversity and
services offered

The colocation market is largely segmented between retail and wholesale products, and further differentiated between carrier-based and carrier-neutral colocation offerings. Each model has distinctions that must be understood when determining the best fit for an organisation’s specific needs.

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

Gartner Research Note

Best Practices for Selecting a Colocation Provider

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Recommendations

  • Select wholesale providers for enterprise use when organisational needs exceed one megawatt of power, or when you require unique build-outs that retailers either can’t or won’t provide.
  • Select wholesale providers for enterprise use in smaller deals, but be certain to compare the services offered with available retail provider alternatives.

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