The growing demands on any company’s IT infrastructure, as well as the operating costs, makes it difficult for in-house data centers to keep pace. Including colocation into your IT strategy eliminates the high costs of building and maintaining your own data center. However, you need to choose your data center colocation provider carefully, as services vary greatly regarding costs, security, and connectivity options.
This article will explore five of the most important factors you need to take into consideration when choosing a data center colocation provider.
- Price and Power Cost
The cost of power and energy will be one of the primary components of your colocation contract. Pricing models vary, with options for metered power as well as “all-in” inclusive power up to the maximum rated capacity of the power circuit. The number of circuits that you contract for and how heavily you load them, will affect your costs. Many enterprises contract for significantly more power than they actually use, because of overly conservative estimates of power drawn by their ICT kit. If you want to make an accurate estimation of the costs, it’s important to accurately know how much power your system draws under normal operating conditions, as well as the maximum capacity used under high loads. Pragmatic growth estimates can be applied, but the advantage of the colo facility is that you have access to incremental capacity should you need it later, without delay of capital expansions.
One of the key considerations for selecting a colocation provider is examining the location of the data center facility and how could this affect your business. According to Gartner, geographical placement and stability can have a significant impact, and could serve as an opportunity to enhance a business’ ability to address issues such as network latency or data sovereignty.
- Connectivity Considerations
As data demands increase, businesses will require more bandwidth and greater network speeds than ever before just to keep up with standard requirements. Connectivity has become a dominant concern for businesses that are looking to move their computing systems in colocation facilities.
How will your connectivity be delivered? What your connectivity options and bandwidth update course be? All these are important value points delivered by your colocation provider.
Furthermore, as a tenant in a colocation facility, there is opportunity to save telecommunication expenses through cross connection to other tenants in the same facility who may be business partners or service providers. Especially when cloud services are a part of one’s enterprise IT architecture, colocation in a facility that also supports your Cloud Service Provider (CSP) can be a significant advantage in operating cost savings and performance improvement.
Mission critical operations is a core competency of a data center colocation provider. This is likely not the case for your enterprise. The colocation facility invests in layered physical security, access control processes and policies, and possibly even security operation certifications. Becoming a tenant of a colocation facility will likely amplify the security aspects of one’s data center operations.
Some data center colocation providers differentiate themselves by offering additional services. In conjunction with the mandatory power, connectivity, security, and space capabilities, top colocation facilities provide various on-site amenities. These services often include workstations, storage facilities, secure loading docks, or technical staff that is available around the clock. Access to support can be a major differentiator that could impact your business severely.
Working with the right data center colocation provider can help your business stay agile and scale to the needs of your evolving market. By evaluating providers by pricing, location, connectivity, security, and amenities, you can ensure your investment will yield great benefits.
By Staff Writer