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Our Handy Colocation Tip Sheet

It is an era when the boundaries between managed hosting, data center outsourcing, and remote infrastructure services have blurred. Collocated and cloud-based data centers (DC), have allowed businesses in many industries to shift data operations from local facilities to service providers, thereby gaining the competitive benefits and differentiation that cloud and hybrid-based architectures can deliver.

When considering moving to a collocated data center model, keep these tips in mind:

  • Be sure your data center provider offers a suite of high-end capabilities (e.g. full Joint Authorization Board authority to operate) plus a focused, experienced staff that can deliver world-class proactive support and troubleshooting at the IT, business unit and C-level. Deep expertise is not a given for all colocation staffs. It is important to find a team that has put a premium on recruiting top talent that works smarter and harder, and combines operational excellence with responsiveness to customer needs.
  • One hundred percent availability should be written into the colocation provider’s service level agreement for power, environmental, multi-homed internet connectivity, and 24x7x365 Network Operations Center. 
  • The colocation provider should offer enterprise-class HVAC, UPS's, PDU's, generators, fuel systems, transfer switches, electrical infrastructure, room monitoring and safety systems. Keycard and biometric access and closed-circuit TV monitoring are mandatory features. 

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a flexible cloud computing model that allows automated deployment of servers, processing power, storage, and networking. To offer a stable, scalable, secure and compliant IaaS solution, your Cloud Services Provider (CSP) must have in-depth experience in the intricacies of designing, installing, and moving mission critical applications into a virtualized IaaS environment. VAZATA does the due diligence to determine what exact colocation services will best fit your unique business needs, for instance, determining whether a high-density DC is the best answer for your IT infrastructure’s specific profile.

Look for a colocation provider that offers a 100% SLA for their clients’ network, hypervisor and storage layers. This reinforces the CSP’s commitment to keep your vital applications and data always available. VAZATA colocation begins with a service level agreement that guarantees 100% availability for facilities, power, and multi-homed internet connectivity. 

Generally, the most highly secure, stable, and scalable colocations require CSP-owned, best-in-class equipment. Your data center capability should be right-sized to your current business and network needs, with the proven ability to grow and expand easily to meet evolving future requirements. 

  • Capabilities for disaster recovery and business continuity are becoming integral components of hosted data center solutions. VAZATA backup and disaster recovery is fast and reliable thanks to our trusted partnerships companies such as Zerto, VMware, and VEEAM, as well as our geographically redundant data centers. 

Colocation to a high-density data center allows a business to keep up with growing computing performance demands while managing costs. A high-density DC puts more servers in the same amount of facility space by supporting cabinets that each consume more than 10 kW. High-density colocation makes financial sense when savings on real estate and operational costs outweigh the expense of high-density racks

  • Best-in-class data centers are constructed by certified builders with specialized expertise. The colocation provider must ensure that all staff members are trained to follow proper procedures. A well-built, highly resilient, cost-effective data center supports mixed-density rows and balances resiliency against density for optimal cost-effectiveness and safety.

For advice on what to look for—and what to demand of—a colocation provider, contact us today.



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