Colocation is a physical facilities option for your IT Infrastructure. Under a colocation scenario, your IT assets are placed in a service provider’s facility (next to or “co-located with” the assets of other organizations), giving you the ability to take advantage of shared power Infrastructure, HVAC systems, physical security and redundant architecture. You essentially lease space for your IT assets while maintaining ownership and control of those assets. This option allows your company to expand quickly, bypassing the time it takes to design and construct a new data center, while conserving capital.
According to Info-Tech Research Group, 64% of organizations engage in some form of data center colocation services. In addition, Gartner has observed more and more enterprises enlisting colocation services, and the research firm has identified several reasons behind this trend.*
- Because organizations are more geographically distributed, they don’t necessarily have an optimal central location in which to locate a data center and Web systems.
- Traditional office buildings don’t always meet the cooling, power and weight requirements to house dense and heavy hardware, and retrofitting them is too expensive. Also, these buildings rarely allow for the lockdown security measures that companies want for their server rooms.
- Colocation gives companies that are consolidating or outgrowing their internal data centers a cost-effective alternative to building new facilities.
- Remote “lights-out” management technology makes administering remote systems easier, allowing IT staffers to even reboot servers remotely.
*Source: Focus Research Group