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Colocation Remains Essential to Enterprise IT Infrastructure | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DataCenter
Colocation is a central pillar of modern enterprise infrastructure planning
By: Chris Schwarz
Jul. 3, 2017 09:45 PM
Colocation is a central pillar of modern enterprise infrastructure planning because it provides greater control, insight, and performance than managed platforms.
In spite of the inexorable rise of the cloud, most businesses with extensive IT hardware requirements choose to host their infrastructure in colocation data centers. According to a recent IDC survey, more than half of the businesses questioned use colocation services, and the number is even higher among established businesses and businesses with an existing base of IT expertise.
Businesses in this category don't want or need restrictive fully managed infrastructure platforms. They need the freedom to build platforms tailored to their particular requirements, infrastructure that represents the best investment of constrained IT budgets, and infrastructure which they can control for security, availability, and performance.
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Even companies that prefer to have complete control over their infrastructure see the wisdom of outsourcing data center construction and management to a third party. They benefit from redundant bandwidth and power from multiple providers, cutting-edge physical and digital security, and plenty of space to scale, without having to cede control of their hardware.
Businesses that depend on a single location for infrastructure hosting are in a perilous position. Security breaches, infrastructure failures, human error, unanticipated traffic spikes, and natural disasters can degrade availability or take a data center offline. Colocation data centers provide a perfect venue for redundant fail-over infrastructure.
An organization with infrastructure management expertise will benefit economically and technologically if it chooses colocated bare metal rather than the cloud, which is why so many enterprise organizations opt for dedicated servers for database hosting, data analytics, data storage, and any computing that requires serious number crunching.
Your Infrastructure, Your Rules
The control afforded to colocation clients goes beyond choosing hardware and software. Because only colocation clients have access to their hardware, every part of its operation remains under their control.
Outside of the services offered by the data center - rack space, bandwidth, power - everything is the responsibility of the client. Security, regulatory compliance, availability, reliability, performance: the buck stops with the client, and for companies with the expertise to manage their hardware, that's a very good thing. They're not beholden to a cloud provider or a managed service provider.
I'm reminded of the recent massive outage on AWS. AWS users were frustrated by the downtime, which was caused by human error, but my Twitter feed was also full of expert system administrators and developers lamenting the fact that they were forced to sit and twiddle their thumbs until the service came back online - there was nothing they could do.
Organizations need insight into and control over their hardware and software; colocation is all about control.
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