What is Colocation? Colocation is having your IT Infrastructure located in a facility designed primarily for IT Infrastructure (datacenter). A company takes its own hardware to the datacenter and rents rack space for it. The company can rent a 1/4 rack, 1/2 rack, a full rack or even multiple racks in a private room or cage. Colocating your IT Infrastructure in a facility designed for IT Infrastructure means it will have it’s own power generation facility and is very secure. The colocation facility will be responsible for connecting the infrastructure to the external network. The business chooses the connection type and the datacenter engineers configure the connection. Everything else is done by the company IT department. Colocation has become popular in both SME and Enterprise companies.
Market trends and forecasts stated that cloud computing and colocation are continuing to grow in popularity day by day. Due to cloud’s ability of ubiquitous computer platforms, it could abolish the need for company for an on premise data centers or computer rooms.
Many companies with on premise datacenter have experienced substantial utility outages due to extreme weather or due to other catastrophic events. To face these challenges, a company should maintain a fully redundant infrastructure for power, cooling, and network connectivity or to the extent of having a DR site that will support the computer rooms and ensure that its up and running all the time.
For small and mid-size companies, installing a redundant infrastructure is a single highest expenditure (CapEx) hindrance of having an enterprise-grade computer room. However, it’s those very companies that have realized their operations cannot go down for an extended period of time and as a result are installing fully redundant infrastructure which requires huge investments. What was once the major financial impediment to computer room ownership is now gone. Along with this is the promise of eliminating the ever increasing operational expenditure (OpEx) of an outsourced IT model. Purpose-built data center offering Colocation has now come into picture which delivers operational resiliency.
Data center and colocation services are booming; each and every corners of the world has it. We have to be very keen when choosing the right provider, we have to consider lots of factors to ensure that your mission critical data and applications are in good hands.
COMMit has partnered with Equinix in providing a state of the art data center which delivers a world class Colocation services around the world. Colocation has evolved from simple space and power to a strategy to transform company’s business by reshaping the approach to enterprise networking, deploying cloud based services and improving the end-user experience. Contact us today to answer all of your colocation questions.
About the Author: Lailani Cortez works on our Cloud Team as Team Leader. Lailani is responsible for our COMMit in the Cloud and all other Cloud Services. Lailani was key in creating our partnership with Equinix DataCenter for Colocation Services.
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