Rack Colocation services allow a company to outsource the building, power, cooling, rack space and provision of internet connectivity to support its computing services. Access to IT resources is provided remotely via a wide area network (WAN) link. Systems are maintained and managed remotely or by visiting the colocation site to undertake ongoing system backups as well as moves, adds and changes.
Colocation services may initially appear to be a commodity service, however minor differences between providers can have a major impact on the overall performance of your business. When a colocation data centre is vital to your business operations and client interactions, it is essential that all aspects are fully scrutinised. Whether your priority is an improved uptime target, better client experience or closer alignment of IT within your business, careful consideration of your colocation partner will impact on your ability to achieve your goals.
From physical location to network integration, there are important elements to consider when placing your computer hardware within a colocation facility. To ensure optimal colocation deployment and improved application performance potential points of failure should be eliminated or minimised. For example, redundant data centre infrastructure will help your business to continue to operate when unforeseen events arise, a secure environment will help protect you from intrusions that can have a significant impact on business operations.
Each company’s individual needs and operational dynamics will vary. The considerations detailed in this paper are relevant to the majority of colocation environments. These considerations will provide essential information when selecting a colocation partner.
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