Streamline your selection process for a colocation facility.

According to Uptime Institute’s 2017 Industry Survey, 40% of the organization’s surveyed plan to co-locate their data center operations in the next 12 months. It is the perfect fit for those who want to:

  • modernize their data centers, 
  • add additional capacity,
  • develop cloud strategies, 
  • experiment with edge computing, 
  • connect to digital partners, or 
  • test a new business case with minimal capital investment.

The benefits of using a colocation facility are largely financial, but they are not without risk. These facilities each offer differing benefits at different costs and contractual terms. To avoid the risk of a poor choice, clearly understand your requirements before engaging the market.

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Admit their organization lacks processes for evaluating colocation providers, according to Uptime Institute's 2017 data center survey.

The process of selecting a colocation service provider incorporates and prioritizes a litany of details.  There’s no standardization in the market today so no two facilities are the same. David-Kenneth Group’s approach helps to simplify the process into three stages.

Three Stages of Site Selection

Stage 1: Identify Requirements
  • Identify colocation decision drivers
  • Identify risk avoidance priorities
  • Evaluate current environment
  • Evaluate future environment
Stage 2: Identify Players
  • Prioritize site selection criteria
  • Select optimal geographic sites
  • Identify facility providers meeting criteria
  • Prioritize facility providers meeting criteria
Stage 3: Pick Provider
  • Issue RFP
  • Review responses and create short list
  • Site visits
  • Select provider
  • Negotiate contract
Did you know that most difficulties and disruptions with a site selection process can be traced back to a lack of communication between three major functional factors — IT requirements, location of the facility, and design specifications?