Colocation – Is Is Data Center Colocation Right for You?
Data Center Colocation is a centralized location where computing resources that are critical to an organization’s operations are maintained in an optimal physical environment. Security and management of the data center must be quintessential. The data center is managed by highly trained professionals. Resources housed in the data center can include host computers, servers, peripherals, applications, databases, and network access. All systems within the data center are powered by “clean power, “and backed up by redundant power supplies.
Colocation literally means you lease space in a third-party data center that leases space to companies for the companies’ servers. In addition to providing floor space, a colocation facility provides power, backup power, security, environmental control, connectivity, and other managed services as referenced above.
Ideally, when designing and configuring a data center solution, the physical location of the data center is an important element to consider. Post recent natural disasters in the USA (Hurricane Sandy and tropical storm Irene), companies will seek to diversify the locations and providers of where they store mission critical operations. Colocation services that can provide robust and stable services offer solutions to avoid the risk of downtime for their customers by providing multiple physical sites to choose from. There were many lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy and the data centers clustered in ground or below ground level facilities in New York City.
When you as a business owner seeks to co-locate in a data center, owned, managed, maintained and operated by a third party, there are many details to consider. We recommend utilizing larger companies that have good track records and have networks that are self-healing. Self-healing is a term used to describe a network that fixes itself. In telecommunications, self-healing really means that the network and the storage facility guarantee 100% up time.
Self-Healing can also mean that if one component fails, the systems know and instantly traffic is routed in a different direction and to a different location.
Caleidoscope often recommends the use of multiple providers to ensure redundancy in both storage of data as well as network connectivity.