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Six Important Considerations When Choosing A Colocation Provider

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Colocation services may seem like nothing more than a commodity: a data center is a data center. However, what appear as just minor differences between providers can have a major impact on the overall performance of your business.

With applications supporting your key customer interactions and business functions, all aspects of your IT infrastructure, including your colocation provider, need to be scrutinized. Whether it is an improved customer experience, 100% uptime for your critical applications or better alignment of IT with your business priorities, careful consideration of your colocation services provider will impact your ability to achieve these goals.

From physical location to network integration, there are important elements to consider when placing your hardware with a colocation company. Asking the right questions can ensure an optimal deployment. Any latencies or points of failure need to be eliminated or minimized to ensure the performance of your business applications.

Redundant systems ensure your business will continue to operate and serve your customers, no matter what unforeseen events may arise. And, having a secure environment protects your business from intrusions that can have a devastating impact on your business.

Each business’s needs are slightly different, and you should bear in mind the operational dynamics that make your business unique. There are six essential considerations or in other words building blocks of colocation program environments that our clients use to deploy, and it is critical to select a provider that can deliver on all the following attributes.

  • Capabilities: It is a good idea to find a colocation provider that offers additional services, in case company or market conditions change.
  • Location: Location is an obvious consideration, but more so than just physical access. Having the colocation provider nearby reduces network latency and data-replication issues.
  • Connectivity options: A colocation provider having reliable and redundant connections is an obvious must. Choosing a provider that also owns a network is an added advantage when trying to optimize traffic flow and troubleshoot connectivity problems.
  • Security and compliance: Data centers are cognizant of physical and network security, but it does not hurt to check. Also important is ensuring the colocation provider meets the same regulatory requirements as the company seeking to rent server space.
  • Support services: He strongly suggests paying attention to the service-level agreement (SLA), making sure it meets the company’s requirements when it comes to support and infrastructure.
  • Power and cooling: The report did not mince words that the provider must offer 100% uptime for power and backup power in the SLA.

Companies rely on easySERVICE Data Service as a potential partner in helping to create and manage the lifecycle of a long-term disaster recovery program that would free them to pursue higher-value work streams. Our cloud-like server is both persistent and highly elastic. You get the best of both worlds since it looks and feel like a traditional server but is on-demand and better than cloud. So no matter what you need something simple or something highly customized and complex, we bring the expertise, support and services that no other provider can deliver.

Whether you are looking for easySERVICE™ Disaster Recovery Planning or solutions for your unique IT requirements, we have a solution specially designed for you. No matter the size of your business, you will always get the kind of support that goes far beyond the ordinary. At easySERVICE™ Data Solutions, we have collected our most noteworthy resources in one convenient disaster recovery guide to answer all your questions and help you decide if launching a DRaaS offering is the right move for you.

If you’d like to discuss any of the above best practices or lessons learned with us or to learn more about how we are partnering with companies just like yours to ensure the availability of mission-critical applications, please contact us at (855) US STELLAR.

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One comment on “Six Important Considerations When Choosing A Colocation Provider

  1. StellarPhoenixS
    August 30, 2014

    Reblogged this on Stellar Phoenix Solutions.

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