Debunked: 5 Common Myths of Data Center Colocation 

colocationSome organizations may dismiss data center colocation as an expensive alternative to hosting your infrastructure onsite. Others might incorrectly assume that data center colocation is less reliable than hosting your servers in the cloud.

In this article, we’ll look at 5 common myths that have been perpetuated about data center colocation. To combat these myths, we’ll provide facts that will help you gain a clear picture of how data center colocation can provide unrivaled network uptime, network reliability and physical security for your servers. Continue reading

Does Your Organization Have a Disaster Recovery Plan?

IMG_0191If your organization encounters a disaster recovery (DR) scenario, how long would it take to get your systems back up and running?

This question may haunt some IT decision makers considering the fact that many small businesses haven’t even thought about implementing a disaster recovery plan.  Nationwide Insurance recently commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct a poll among 500 small business owners.

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Colocation Grows as Enterprises Seek Capital Investment Reductions

Build-vs-Buy-Colocation-Data-CentersAnalysts at Technavio are predicting that data center colocation providers in the United States will flourish over the next 4 years. In a newly released report, Technavio predicts that the compound adjusted growth rate (CAGR) of the data center colocation market in the United States will grow at 9% until year 2020.

One of the main drivers for the rapid growth in the server colocation market is due to the fact that businesses are actively looking for ways to reduce their capital investments. Rather than building out a new onsite datacenter facility, businesses large and small are seizing the opportunity to colocate their enterprise infrastructure while paying a predictable fee each month.

Since many enterprises require services to be available to their end users on a 24/7/365 basis, finding a colocation hosting vendor that offers a 100% Network Uptime Guarantee can be critical. Enterprises are looking to get the most for their money and data center colocation provides the infrastructure needed to guarantee the maximum uptime for critical services.

Other Factors Driving Data Center Colocation Growth

Datacentervscolocation (1)Technavio’s research concluded three other contributing factors for data center colocation growth in the US. These three factors are:

  • The Rapid Adoption of SaaS within the Enterprise
  • SMEs Relying More Upon Sophisticated Technology
  • The Need for Robust and Advanced Networking

As we dig deeper into each of these motivating drivers, it becomes clear that data center colocation may become the new normal in terms of how enterprises are building, maintaining and growing their technical infrastructures.

SaaS and Colo

When you say SaaS and Colo aloud, it may sound as if you are ordering an exotic drink. In ways, that may be a somewhat accurate analogy. As organizations integrate their systems into SaaS infrastructures, there is likely a need to have a robust connection to the enterprises core network, which would hosted in the colo facility.

If you are a SME, hosting your infrastructure in a colocated data center may provide better connectivity between your cloud hosted apps and your colo hosted data. When you consider the fact that you can dedicate up to a 1 Gbps connection to your servers, it becomes easy to see why organizations that require robust connectivity between their apps and data would put their core infrastructure in a colocated data center versus hosting it in an onsite data center.

SMEs and Sophisticated Tech

IMG_0126In just the past 10 years, Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) have come to rely upon sophisticated technology in order to remain competitive with the major players within their respective markets.

Colocation gives businesses the ability to deploy their own specialized infrastructures within a facility that likely meets or exceeds their industries specific security requirements. Some organizations cannot afford to have infrastructure fail when end users are beginning to use their online products.

When SMEs begin deploying specialized technology in colocated data centers, they are doing so to gain an advantage on the competition by being able to maximize uptime for the services that they provide to their end users.

Robust and Advanced Networking

IMG_1892When organizations begin mapping out their services, things can become quickly convoluted. When infrastructure is placed within a colocated data center, organizations simply need to connect to the remote infrastructure in order to configure and deploy.

Since colocated data centers can guarantee a specific amount of bandwidth with a real, hard wired connection into your servers, your business can gain maximum throughput for the services that are being utilized the most.

As a result, organizations are increasingly choosing data center colocation over building their own data center. Many private data centers allow you to configure each rack with the exact types of networking infrastructure needed in order to achieve your organization’s core objectives.

Businesses get more for their money when they select data center colocation over investing in costly onsite data center facilities.

Data Center Colocation is Booming

DSC_0509451 Research recently released it’s latest report on the state of the data center colocation industry. The main takeaway from the report is that data center colocation will be a $33 billion dollar a year business by 2018.

Who stands to gain from data center colocation and why is the market booming? Let’s take a closer look at each of these topics in order gain clarity on the state of the data center colocation market.

Onsite vs. Colocation vs. Cloud

Now more than ever, organizations are finding that data center colocation gives their business more flexibility in deploying hardware and managing servers.

Onsite data centers have proven to be costly while cloud gives organizations the ability to buy infrastructure on a per minute basis. The happy medium between onsite and cloud is colocated servers in strategic geographic location. Businesses are rapidly moving their workloads into colocated data centers for a variety of reasons.

One big reason that organizations have given colocation a second look is the fact that colocated data centers are carrier neutral, giving your end users amenities such as a faster connection to website applications, a lower ping time to the outside world and lower latency on the apps that your business hosts.

Build Your Own Cloud Using Colocation

openstack-private-cloudThe biggest barrier to entry for public cloud computing is security. After all, if your business is renting someone else’s equipment just as you would with any IaaS provider, how do you know exactly where your data resides?

Colocation gives businesses the ability to deploy their own cloud using customized security policies. Open source cloud platforms such as OpenStack are free to deploy while more proprietary cloud stacks such as Azure stack and Eucalyptus can also be configured.

When your business provides its own hardware, rents space in a colocation facility and sets up its own cloud using a suite such as OpenStack, this setup is referred to as a private cloud. With a private cloud, your organization owns the hardware and pays the colocation leasing fees while end users can spin up servers and request additional storage space on the fly.

Hybrid Cloud is a Motivating Factor for Colocated Data Centers

While many organizations prefer to use their own hardware, IaaS definitely has a place in today’s ever-changing technical landscape. As a result, businesses are increasingly using colocated data centers to host their private cloud infrastructure while simultaneously connecting that infrastructure to public cloud infrastructure.

The end result is a hybrid cloud infrastructure. Hybrid cloud uses both public and private cloud hosting simultaneously. The advantage to hosting your private cloud in a colocation data center is the 100% network availability guarantee and the ability to retain full control over the data center hardware that you deploy.

Managed Service Providers Benefit From Colocated Infrastructure

datacenter_floorManaged service providers (MSPs) often utilize the services of colocated data centers to facilitate the rollout of their apps and services.

By handing off all of the critical infrastructure tasks to a team of seasoned professionals, an MSP can focus on converting leads rather than sinking significant amounts of capital into an on-site datacenter.

When your organization begins providing custom tailored solutions to businesses all around the world, you can use the infrastructure that you’ve deployed in your rack to help meet the specific needs of your clients. Whether its virtual or bare metal servers, colocation hosting helps managed service providers gain the most flexibility from their investments in technology.

Flexibility: The Key for MSPs Who Want to Gain Value

IMG_2344-X3Getting the most out of your investments in technology will play a huge role in the overall success of your endeavor as a Managed Service Provider. MSPs often specialize in a specific discipline; Some MSPs are focused on disaster recovery, while others focus on app hosting, file storage, VoIP and more.

Given this broad spectrum of potential needs, MSPs should seek out a versatile colocation partner that provides a presence anywhere in North America. Additionally, your provider should have industry recognized certifications that ensures both data privacy and industry compliance. When MSPs utilize a colocated datacenter space, they can gain tremendous value by permanently housing all of their servers, appliances and network gear within an enterprise grade datacenter ecosystem.

MSPs Should Establish a Relationship with Colocation Hosting Providers

DatacentervscolocationIn many instances, an MSP will establish relationships with different colocation providers located all throughout the world. Managed Service Providers must be able to provide unique solutions for their clients. The relationship that your business develops with a colocation provider can dictate the level of service that you can provide to your end users.

When datacenters are able to rapidly provision services, MSPs are able to provide solutions for their customers that meet or exceed their needs. Many MSPs only use colocation hosting to offer services to their customers. The reliability of colocated infrastructure tips the scale in favor of server colocation while providers such as ColoCrossing are able to guarantee 100% network availability.

Don’t Risk Your MSP’s Reputation to IaaS

amazon-outageManaged service providers can gain measurable value by gaining access to low and predictable monthly pricing offered by a colocation provider. When compared to cloud, your organizations monthly bill could heavily fluctuate, which could become more of a hindrance than a help in terms of monthly expenses related to running a managed services business.

IaaS also contains inherent risks. For example, how do you explain random cloud data center outages that have impacted services such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform over the past several years?

When your business hosts its servers within a colocated data center, your MSP business can feel confident about the safety and security of the data retained by your clients.

8 Reasons to Choose ColoCrossing for Your Next Infrastructure Deployment


Nationwide ColoCrossing Presence

Extending your infrastructure using ColoCrossing’s network of colocated data centers can help your business provide core IT services to end users at a fair price.

With tech companies investing so much of their advertising budgets into promoting cloud services, it’s possible that you may have overlooked the prospect of colocating your servers in a nearby data center.

Did you know that ColoCrossing has data centers strategically located all over North America? In fact ColoCrossing offers data center colocation services in the following cities:

  • Buffalo, NY
  • New York City, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Seattle, WA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA

No matter where you decide to collocate your server, ColoCrossing has a datacenter that is within proximity of your business. Here’s a list of reasons that you should choose ColoCrossing for your next colocated server deployment:

Uptime100sla100% Network Availability: ColoCrossing’s motto is “Dedicated to Uptime.” We can’t live up to our motto unless we hire seasoned IT veterans while simultaneously investing in the best data center infrastructure available on the market today.

Location: Regardless of where your business is located, ColoCrossing has a data center with excellent connectivity to all major points of presences around the world. For example, our Los Angeles data center provides robust connectivity to the Asia-Pacific Region while our New York City data center provides excellent connectivity to Europe and abroad.

Uptime: ColoCrossing provides its customers with an unprecedented 100% network availability SLA. In fact, 3rd party vendors have verified our 100% network uptime guarantee, further bolstering our claims of being one of the top server colocation providers in all of North America. Visit our SLA page to learn more.

Compliance: Does your business require HIPAA, PCI-DSS or SAS70 Type II compliance? ColoCrossing can rapidly provide compliant services to businesses that operate within heavily regulated industries. See our industry solutions portal for additional information.

Expertise: Need to talk to a seasoned data center professional about your collocated servers? ColoCrossing can be reached by calling our toll free number (1-800-518-9716), by opening a support ticket or by clicking on our live chat link.

DSC_8653 (2)Facilities: At ColoCrossing, we can host your servers in some of the best data centers facilities in the world. Our facilities are staffed 24/7/365 and our data centers possess physical security solutions that exceed industry standards.

Redundancy: ColoCrossing datacenters have backup generators, backup network backbones and backup cooling systems in place. We proudly use vendors such as Cisco, APC, Liebert and Brocade in each of our facilities.

Affordability: Implement solutions that are custom tailored to your infrastructure at a fraction of what similar cloud solutions may cost. Not only that, your business can potentially avoid costs related to on-site data center outages by moving your servers into ColoCrossing data center.


Colocation Excels in Providing Hosted VOIP for Businesses

e5b1afc2495adca25d0fd7096d94115eBuilding and maintaining your own Voice over IP (VoIP) platform using colocated servers can help your business save on monthly telephony costs.

Operating your own PBX system is a lot less complicated than you might think. In fact, several open source solutions based on Asterisk are available for you to freely implement. If you’ve shopped around for VoIP providers, you’ve probably realized that the initial costs of providing telephony may seem quite reasonable. When you begin to look more closely at the fine print, you’ll understand how quickly these small, nominal charges can begin to rapidly add up.

Compare and Save: Deploying VoIP Using Colocation

Asterisk_Logo.svgCloud telephony products often require you to buy a seat license for each of your users on a month-to-month basis.

On top of that, if you want to enable a popular compliance feature such as call recording, these features are often billed by the minute. These services typically cost a fraction of a cent per minute to store the call. Again, this may sound reasonable, however, a few years down the road, how much would it cost your business to retain thousands of hours of call recording data?

With server colocation, you can architect a solution that sniffs all of the VoIP packets coming across your pipe and record the call data onto a storage device. Other traditional features of PBX systems can be implemented a la carte, giving organizations as much flexibility as they need versus paying for features that they may never use.

Planning Your Voice over IP Deployment w/ Server Colocation

We’re confident that you’ll instantly see the cost savings in building your own VoIP platform versus buying a solution that bills your business on a per month basis. The upfront costs of deploying VoIP infrastructure in a collocated data center may seem unnecessary, but once you do the math, you’ll understand that the “Do It Yourself” approach will provide significant cost savings over the long term.

Think about the services you’ll need to provide to your users and list them on a sheet of paper. By performing a few cursory searches on Google, you’ll realize that an open source solution likely exists for the features you’re wanting to deploy to your users.

Stop Overpaying for Unified Communications Products

Piggy_on_Money1Entire unified communication platforms such as Asterisk, Elastix and SIPFoundry are available for you to implement at no cost. If your business requires the use of a predictive dialer, software such as OSDial, GOautodial and other packages are available for your organization to use freely.

Building your VoIP system using colocation is often a better solution than deploying VoIP services onsite. When you architect your next VoIP deployment using data center colocation, consider using ColoCrossing as your exclusive data center provider. With ColoCrossing, you’ll receive 100% network availability, robust network connections that keep VoIP latency to a bare minimum and award winning support should you have any questions about your service.

What are your waiting for? Contact ColoCrossing today for your no-obligation quote on server colocation services.