Why colocate?

The arguments for moving to a colocation facility are getting stronger as the demands on the IT infrastructure increase, driven by demands for increased security, faster connectivity, greater reliability, higher powered compute and the transition to cloud.

For most enterprises, the up-front costs of building a new private data centre can be prohibitive not to mention the increasing costs of maintaining it to meet the changing needs of the business and new technical architectures.

Outsourcing to colocation is not the answer to every IT department’s data centre challenges but increasingly, companies of all sizes are finding that handling their company’s additional compute power creates additional complexity and cost with the requirement for more capacity, flexibility, connectivity and scalability than they can currently provide.

And for every CIO and CFO, there comes an assessment of whether retaining an in-house facility warrants the risk and effort required to build and subsequently maintain it.

Which is when outsourcing the data centre and placing the infrastructure in a purpose-built, well-managed, carrier-neutral, highly secure and resilient dedicated facility with direct connections to public cloud becomes the preferred, the most effective and the most efficient option, allowing the IT function to focus on the business itself.

The journey to considering colocation as the best option for a business can be driven by a number of factors around capacity, risk and situation that trigger an organisation to review their data centre provision.

Triggers towards outsourcing the data centre

Capacity challenges
  1. An impending change or development such as the installation of an enterprise-wide critical application or a hardware refresh which will require higher cooling density
  2. Physical & power limitations of the existing infrastructure making it hard to accommodate business growth or new services
Risk factors based on levels of resilience
  1. Company-wide expectation for enhanced in-house resilience — perhaps as a result of an episode of downtime
  2. Adverse external factors such as weather or a security event can drive an increased awareness of environmental risk
  3. Growing requirement for the IT function to focus efforts on connecting IT service development to business drivers, driving the need to hand off infrastructure operations to a third party
  4. Concern over the potential costs and impact of necessary upgrades to in-house facilities eg new air-conditioning installation
  5. Questions over whether the current provisions will cause Stakeholder / Client / Compliance concern over fit for purpose
  6. Requirements for an additional site for effective Disaster Recover and/or site diversity
  7. Business and flexibility limitations caused by limited carrier density to the in-house facility
  8. When putting together a Hybrid strategy, a recognition that the in-house facility does not have agile access to enterprise class connections to managed service providers and public cloud platforms
Situational factors
  1. Pressure to re-purpose the space eg the Facilities team might be reviewing the use of the existing building in order to accommodate expanding business requirements or to consolidate the number of sites
  2. A potential office move which may require the design and installation of a new computer room
  3. A change in cost centre allocation which requires IT to absorb the cooling and power costs
  4. A current or impending corporate merger or acquisition which will impact IT

Why colocate with Datum?

Colocation with Datum gives you the benefits of:

  • Carrier-neutral connectivity allowing you to connect to your carrier of choice – simply, robustly and cost-effectively
  • A robust environment for cloud and managed hosting backed by our 100% availability Service Level Agreement
  • Cost-savings through using our purpose-built ground centre built from the ground up with a fully 2N power infrastructure and environmentally efficient cooling, saving on CapEx
  • Increased efficiency though our environmentally intelligent cooling system that maintains the correct environment for your hardware whilst producing a reduced carbon footprint, and lower running costs
  • Scalability that allows you to flex your infrastructure in line with business demands
  • Enhanced multi-level government-grade security
  • Reliable and responsive on-site technical support through our Remote Hands services

Datum’s flexible and scalable colocation facilities provide our clients with:

  • The ability to start small and expand as required
  • Detailed insight into ongoing energy usage and operational status
  • Complete transparency into environmental factors
  • Carrier and cloud neutral connectivity
  • Peace of mind on security and resilience
  • Dedicated client Service Manager to assure comprehensive client focus
  • Scalable capacity for managed hosting

White paper guide to choosing colocation

Colocation can provide recognised benefits from cost savings, conversion from CapEx to Opex, greater resilience and security, better connectivity and performance as well as the ability to quickly scale up or down as your business demands but choosing the right provider can be daunting. Datum commissioned analyst Quocirca to write a white paper guide to choosing colocation. Entitled Data Centre Colocation: An easy decision, a difficult choice, the white paper can be downloaded from our Resource Centre.

If you are considering co-lo as a possible solution, book a tour to see what Datum could offer you, and to discuss how Datum and our connected ecosystem of service and cloud providers can help ease the journey – call us on 0845 568 0123