IT Focus Area: infrastructure operations
January 13, 2015
What You Should Know Before You Work with a Colocation Provider
This is an excerpt from the new The Essential Guide to the Data Center Facility of the Future.
Before you sign a contract with a provider, you should first understand your needs. It costs a lot to pick a provider, move in and become operational. If you make the wrong choice, the costs of moving out later will be much higher than the costs of moving in. It’s vital to take your time when you select a partner to ensure they can meet your needs.
When you’re determining your needs, figure out what you want to achieve.
What are your business and technical requirements?
What does your growth plan look like in three, five and seven years?
Your provider should be able to help you scale and move in different directions in the future.
You should also decide where you want your colocation provider to be located.
Should it be located in your city or further away?
How will its location impact your disaster recovery?
How will its location impact how your data is governed and who can access it?
Once you understand your requirements, send a request for proposal (RFP) to six to eight providers in your ideal locations. The RFP should be designed so you can easily compare and contrast providers.
When you’re reviewing the RFPs, don’t base your decision too heavily on price. Look for a provider that can meet your needs in terms of capabilities, reliability, uptime, infrastructure, services, etc.
To learn more about the data center of the future, get your copy of The Essential Guide to the Data Center Facility of the Future.