Data center colocation partnerships give organizations access to connectivity services that can be invaluable as IT demands change. Organizations are facing a variety of unique technological developments that are unifying into a new generation of IT functionality. The end result is major disruption in how data gets to end users and the network is central in this process.
With cloud computing, big data, increased video use, advanced Web hosting and remote work concepts all having a major impact on businesses, organizations are left scrambling figuring out how to get information to users quickly and without taking on excess costs. Colocation can be an ideal option in this scenario because it is well suited to meeting the networking demands of a variety of technology types. A few specific reasons to keep data center connectivity in mind when making your colocation plans include:
1. Colocation is ideal for the cloud
Cloud computing often depends on organizations receiving data from a variety of sources and integrating it with applications and services hosted in a combination of internal and cloud data centers. This can prove incredibly difficult to manage from a performance perspective because users could be getting data from all over the country and dealing with the latency created by that geographic distance.
Advanced connectivity solutions provided via a colocation plan can combine high-performance interconnects with access to strategic operator networks to create a centralized location for data gathering and transmission, making it much easier to integrate information from various cloud sources.
2. Big data will hog your bandwidth
Big data strategies involve gathering both structured and unstructured information pertaining to an organization from a diverse range of sources. All of this information then needs to be analyzed and either used in real time, disposed of or set aside for strategic purposes. The end result is a constant stream of data from sources like transactions, social media and internal communications. This can result in an incredible burden on networks. Colocation plans can provide the network bandwidth needed to support big data both within the hosted data center configuration and through interconnects.
3. Video success hinges on low latency
Ethernet networks are built to automatically drop data packets when all of the bandwidth is in use to prevent the connection from getting clogged. The network then resends the data packet automatically, leading to an extremely minor delay that is usually entirely unnoticeable. This delay becomes a problem, however, if it happens repeatedly or with content that is sensitive to latency. Video data packets can use a large portion of a network's bandwidth on their own, making them prone to issues with dropped data packets. At the same time, video is particularly sensitive to latency.
This situation results in an environment in which latency must be removed, which is often most easily accomplished through a combination of high-bandwidth network resources and intelligent routing solutions. The connectivity options offered by colocation providers are founded in the early principles of the sectors development, which is high-frequency automated traders. These organizations benefit from milliseconds gained in data transmission, so colocation facilities are often built near operator networks that allow them to establish incredibly efficient networks. As such, colocation plans often provide an ideal option for organizations trying to deal with the connectivity challenges brought on by video.
4. Routing matters
In a business world impacted by the data center without walls movement, organizations are dealing with data moving from a wider range of locations than ever. At the same time, more and more companies need to have customer-facing content in place to support a geographically diverse user base. Colocation makes it easier to get data and applications closer to key user or customer bases, but chances are you can't build a data center everywhere that you may have demand. This is where advanced connectivity strategies come into play.
This is where having connections with the right operator networks becomes so important. Operator networks are located strategically around the world and provide a foundational interconnection between major cities. Colocation providers use these systems as the starting point for getting client data to its destination quickly, and which operator networks a colocation provider can access plays a key role in finding success with a partnership.
5. Flexibility is key
Organizations need their data centers to be more flexible than ever as emerging technologies take hold. This includes the network systems as the Internet of Things movement and other emerging trends create unique network demands that cannot always be solved just by throwing more bandwidth at the problem. Colocation enables organizations to gain access to advanced resources without the capital costs and disruption of having to purchase and install those systems themselves, leading to a much more flexible configuration that can be adapted based on changing requirements.
Many of the emerging technological movements impacting contemporary businesses have a significant affect on the network, making connectivity a vital consideration in colocation plans.