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Here’s What to Look For When Selecting a Colocation Provider

CyrusOne suggests partnering with a colocation provider to manage IT capacity constraints, but there are key things to consider when making the choice.

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SECURITY, RECOVERY SOLUTIONS ARE THINGS TO EXAMINE


As large-scale companies specializing in cloud, internet, social media, and enterprise continue to grow at unprecedented speeds, they often see their IT footprints doubling or tripling in size in a short time period. Many times these companies are so focused on their business growth, they don’t have the chance to predict or plan for future IT expansion.

This can become frustrating for CEOs and CIOs who want to move forward with the business, but have to focus on building out IT footprints instead. By the time leaders determine how much future IT capacity is needed, it often turns out this was already required, adding more complications to the data demand.

Skyrocketing IT infrastructure demands make it nearly impossible to build new data centers or buy colocation space fast enough and are a distraction from the company’s core business.

This is when partnering with a colocation provider that has hyper-scale abilities is the best solution to this problem. A delay in obtaining data center space can suspend — and sometimes even stop — a company’s revenue-generating initiatives and have a significant impact on the bottom line. Rapid time-to-deliver helps relieve the business’ risk of not having adequate IT capacity to support key business growth or the infrastructure demands of new initiatives. This often leads to a delivered data center product with lower construction, engineering, and operational costs.

When searching for a colocation provider with hyper-scale abilities, ensure they meet the following criteria:

Rapidly expandable connectivity options

Look for a data center that uses a carrier-neutral approach, which enables you to select best-in-class carriers that fit your requirements with easy onramps to the cloud.

Always-on disaster recovery solutions

Approximately 50 percent of businesses that suffer from a major IT disaster without a disaster recovery plan in place never reopen for business. Additionally, the Ponemon Institute estimates the cost of downtime to be $7,900 per minute, and this number is only expected to rise. Look for data centers that deliver resiliency, capacity, reliability, geo-diversity, and 100 percent uptime guarantees to protect your business needs.

Extensive physical and logical security standards

Take the effort, expense, and risk out of physical data center security by using a data center that employs industry-leading critical security protocols such as 24/7, year-round guards, video surveillance, restricted access, and more that protect your physical assets.

Resilient power and cooling technologies

When a natural disaster strikes or systems fail, don’t be left unable to conduct business because your servers are down. Your data center should provide fail-safe electrical and mechanical systems that maintain parallel redundancy protocols to ensure the IT environment receives the cooling and power it needs to run at optimum levels with 100 percent uptime.

While colocation data centers reduce the risk of data being breached by hackers or destroyed by natural disasters, you can also reduce the risk of IT capacity planning variables by partnering with a data center provider that ensures flexible and scalable solutions to meet growing business needs. When it comes to scaling your IT infrastructure, or being ready for business growth to build out your next data center, trust a colocation provider that can scale at the speed of the cloud.


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Gary is currently the president and CEO of CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), which is a high growth data center company that focuses on serving the needs of the Fortune 1000, including 9 of the Fortune 20. He (...)

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