When it comes to colocation, shoppers have historically sought after inexpensive space and power. Today, that is not enough. Well-informed businesses should seek the most agile data center solutions with security measures that safeguard their infrastructure from cyber threats. As you review, update, and optimize your data center arrangements, consider what’s different about colocation services and what remains the same.
Explore Colocation Trends
Colocation arrangements give businesses complete server governance and flexibility while providing cost-effective cooling, security, and data solutions support. Here are some of the trends shaping the colocation market in 2017:
- The cost of unexpected data center outages is rising. Businesses choose colocation facilities that demonstrate a successful track record for uptime. Over the past seven years, the cost of data center outages has grown by several hundred thousand dollars. According to a Ponemon report on data center outage costs, the average cost of an unanticipated outage is $740,357 across all industries. Data centers provide redundant architecture to combat the costs of outages, protect uptime, and provide reliable customer service. An unexpected outage costs both data centers and their end clients. In addition to financial cost, an outage may lead to reputation damage, data losses, and productivity losses. Protected power supplies and 24/7 onsite support mitigate the risks associated with outages. Don’t be afraid to ask providers about their stats.
- Hybrid cloud remains crucial to colocation offerings. While some businesses need a traditional colocation arrangement, many appreciate the flexibility of an integrated hybrid solution. Hybrid solutions give businesses the ability to access information from anywhere and scale their infrastructure on-demand. If an enterprise expects to build applications using the resources of multiple clouds, colocation is one of the only feasible ways to support a configuration that minimizes latency. The best-of-both-worlds arrangement will continue to play a fundamental role in data management strategies throughout 2017 and beyond. Enterprises expect their colocation provider to offer higher layers of service to consolidate their infrastructure and integrate more cloud services as needs arise.
- Security and security management remain a high priority. In addition to physical site security, cyber security management in data centers remains a hot issue. Those handling private and protected data must adhere to evolving and stringent regulations. In 2016, ransomware, man-in-the-middle attacks, and other cybercrimes threatened data-in-motion and data-at-rest. Experts predict IoT adoption will increasingly open the door to cyberattacks. Blockchain technology used in cryptocurrency may represent a near future solution to IoT data vulnerability. Encryption, monitoring activities, cloud security and best practices remain crucial to all data center activities, including hybrid and colocation arrangements.
- Edge computing drives new data center arrangements. For data-driven organizations, direct device-to-cloud networking solutions can slow down processing speeds and present new security challenges. To enhance security and keep storage and computing needs close to IoT devices, many now embrace an edge computing arrangement. With the use of gateways and edge or fog nodes for storing and processing non-critical information on the rise, colocation data centers must often embrace micro data center solutions and support. Distributed and micro data center options fulfill an increasing demand for reliable, secure, and efficient edge computing.
- Everything is speeding up. Usability and user experience drives demand for increasing connectivity. In a few years, 4G speeds will disappear for the faster 5G capabilities. Connectivity and network capacity trends go hand-in-hand as colocation centers help their customers prepare for new demands in speed and performance. Beyond bandwidth demands, data centers must address infrastructure changes—whatever it takes to differentiate themselves by improving time-to-market for customers. Data center analytics will expose less intuitive relationships between systems and offer proactive optimization (i.e. for power sources.)
- Integration enables end-to-end data center services. In the past, data center operations functioned separately, which created obstacles during engineering, infrastructure design, and project management. Today, data centers increasingly embrace integrated arrangements. Fluidity among modular systems, infrastructure design, security management, and integrated vendor services creates a seamless data center experience for customers. Instead of building costly in-house data centers or sacrificing security in general cloud arrangements, colocation solutions offer integrated support and security for hardware and software needs.
As with all changes in the technology, consider these predictions and constants on a continuum. Colocation services will continue to reflect enterprise demand for security, support, and connectivity. As you consider your colocation provider, your decision should be contingent on how well they facilitate changes in your infrastructure, allowing you to adopt new technology, and their portfolio of managed services.
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