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.


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?