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Colocation strategies require holistic approach

When turning to a colocation provider, a business may be focused on just one of the solution’s benefits, such as cost or resiliency. However, the technological platform offers a variety of benefits through a tightly managed service lineup that combines facility, network and management resources. This creates an environment in which holistic plans maximize the gains offered by colocation.

To understand the importance of a broad look at colocation, consider the way different aspects of the service can benefit organizations.

Colocation for facility resources
The facility-related benefits are probably the single most prolific aspect of the solution. Businesses turning to colocation gain access to a state-of-the-art facility that offers advanced functionality in an efficient way. This allows colocation to be used as part of sustainability, energy cost savings or disaster recovery plans. Colocation solutions can act as a key strategic enabler in either of these areas by giving companies access to robust resources that are often too expensive or complex for internal corporate data centers.

Colocation for networking
Network assets play a major role in colocation plans. Most vendors have access to sophisticated network resources backed by fiber-optic cabling infrastructure, dedicated network services and strategic interconnect systems. As a result, choosing the right colocation provider can eliminate some network latency without requiring extensive spending. If a colocation plan is being used for web hosting, network solutions can also be used to improve page load times and deliver a better customer experience.

Colocation for disaster recovery
The simple act of putting data center resources in a remote facility provides an added layer of protection, as the chances of the corporate office and the third-party data center going down are much lower than those of an outage impacting the office. However, many colocation facilities are also more resilient, reliable and redundant than most corporate data centers, providing an added edge. The benefits of such solutions are heightened when an organization works with a colocation provider with multiple data centers and houses a primary system in one third-party facility while backup servers function in a secondary data center operated by the same vendor.

Colocation can be used to access any one of these gains, or all three. Regardless of the specific reason why a business turns to colocation, all three components of the solution can impact functionality. For example, focusing too much on facility capabilities and not enough on the network can lead to performance problems. A holistic approach to enacting colocation plans ensures organizations maximize the technology’s benefits.