today still rely on colocation facilities to deploy applications and services
on private clouds, writes Prasanna
C, Deputy Director, Product at Epsilon. With the addition of public cloud services, this hybrid
cloud environment requires colocation services that are fluid, flexible and
hyper-connected. Agility needs to be built into all aspects of ICT, including
same time, growing complexity across the entire ICT ecosystem means that
organisations need to consolidate the number of vendors they are working with
and simplify their management with a comprehensive end-to-end solution.
hybrid cloud on the rise and connectivity demands increasing rapidly, it’s
crucial that organisations find the simplest model for connecting and
optimising applications and services across digital hubs.
makes colocation hyper-connected?
hyper-connected digital hub seamlessly integrates colocation with
interconnection services such as access to other network service providers,
cloud on-ramps and remote peering at internet exchanges (IX).
symbiotic relationship between IXs and colocation data centres holds the
internet together. As data travels across the internet, it is constantly being
re-routed and re-directed between networks. With a hyper-connected digital hub,
organisations can immediately access global connectivity at a single connection
gives them the ability to rapidly scale and adapt their digital infrastructure
while efficiently interconnecting with the wider ICT environment. Some
colocation providers offer these network services on demand to their tenants.
considerations on why organisations choose colocation:
- Affordability – As organisations purchase or lease racks and space in a shared
facility, all costs are shared amongst the tenants. This means reduced electricity,
maintenance and IT staff costs.
- Reliability – Companies need to know that their data and services
are secure and running at all times. Having unplanned downtime can be extremely
expensive. Colocation providers are often better prepared to prevent unplanned
downtime and ready to solve any issues to keep mission critical services
- Scalability – With colocation, companies can use cross connects to scale up
their network with other service providers and businesses in the same facility.
This is one of the advantages over on-premise data centres, where it is more
difficult to scale.
Choosing the right colocation partner
global data centre colocation market size is expected to reach $104.77 billion
by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 12.9% from 2020 to 2027, according to Grand
Choosing a colocation provider can be
difficult when they all seem to offer the same service-level agreement (SLA)
and services such as remote hands and cross-connects.
Adaptability is essential in a market that
can see rapid shifts in user demand and an immediate need for new applications
and services to be deployed.
When choosing a colocation partner, an
organisation should find a provider that ticks these eight boxes:
- One-stop solution
– The colocation provider should offer more than basic colocation services. It
should be able to deliver a suite of network solutions that an organisation
might not use today, but will in the future.
- Physical and digital security
– A good colocation facility offers redundant power supplies, multi-layered
security, climate-controlled environments and robust SLAs.
- Strategic locations
– Data centres should be located as close to end users as possible and with
high interconnection density of network service providers.
- An interconnect ecosystem –
provider must offer a highly-connected environment that enables the organisation
to rapidly connect to other data centres, public clouds and also the internet
exchange points (IXP).
- Built-in scalability
– Colocation services, as well as the associated network connectivity, should
offer scalable options for tenants as they grow.
- A flexible commercial model –
The services offered have to be flexible. Otherwise, an organisation may be
stuck in a long-term contract with overprovisioned infrastructure and high
- On-demand cloud connectivity
– An organisation can benefit from cloud on-ramps from the colocation facility.
The colocation provider should be able to offer dedicated access to cloud
services with secure and reliable connectivity.
- Continually evolving capabilities
– The colocation provider must continually add more capabilities and solutions while
optimising its services to new standards.
foundation for transformation
combination of the above capabilities enables the seamless growth of digital
services and removes the complexity from scaling up in new markets.
capabilities are made available via a single relationship, delivered with a
consistent experience across global hubs. This enables the rapid rollout of new
services in new locations while supporting cloud-based services using a single
solutions are no longer just about space, power and security. Hyper-connected
digital hubs can provide the advantages that an organisation needs with an
adaptable foundation for continual transformation, and preparedness for any
unexpected events with secure and trusted infrastructure.