Protect operations and enable innovation.
Many I & O leaders have looked to colocation providers to support their distributed digital infrastructure strategies, and now even more so in a COVID-19 world. Colocation offers interconnectivity, energy efficiency, and scalability. It can also support lights out capabilities, security, safety, and redundancy — enabling cost-effective ways to safely conduct business and maintain productivity.
Furthermore, it positions you for digital innovation now or down the road, when you are ready. It can provide for both edge and cloud connectivity as well as offering accommodation for geographically diverse and complex application deployments. It’s a win-win solution for many organizations.
In this white paper, we share what you need to know before you begin your colocation search and 10 tactical guidelines for selecting your provider.
What You Need to Know Before You Begin
- When you launch your colocation site research and selection process, we recommend that you involve information security and the facilities/engineering team from the get-go. Diligent and seamless coordination can avoid costly errors.
- Also, recruit a multi-disciplinary IT project team that includes lead architects and engineers from infrastructure, network, and disaster recovery to assist with developing the search criteria and ultimately a colocation site. Miscalculations in equipment densities, network design, power capacities, etc., could affect IT operations and availability.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of communication within the project team. While this may seem rote and mundane, most difficulties and disruptions can be traced back to a lack of communication between three major functional factors — IT requirements, location of the facility, and design specifications.
- Clearly set planning expectations for the project team to include projected growth for at least the next 3 years and factor this planning time into the project’s timeline.