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July 2015

Moving out to a colocation provider

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Colocation has solidified itself as an attractive outlet for IT, and, unlike the cloud, allows admins to continue to manage their own systems. Colo customers can also take advantage of services that mimic outsourcing, from basic offerings to full-on monitoring. This handbook explores the range of services and details the types of colo facilities that exist.

For some organizations, colocation facilities may be a better choice than an on-premises environment. They have higher redundancy and better cooling/power infrastructure than many on-premises data centers, and can have additional features like 24/7 security staff and support technicians. With colo, instead of relinquishing control in order to increase operational efficiency, IT can manage its own systems while calling upon the provider to fill any gaps. Part of the colo vetting process should include an examination of the services that certain providers offer. Some may be basic, such as simply building a space, while others could include functions such as hardware and application monitoring.

Table Of Contents

  • Vetting a colocation partner
  • Colo in the age of cloud
  • Outsource IT support without losing control