Why colocation is right for the cloud era

Cloud adoption is a ‘when’ not an ‘if’ for most enterprises. With an increasing variety of cloud migration strategies in play, most organisations are facing barriers as a result of their existing on-premise infrastructure. A combination of limited floorspace, the need to retrofit greater power capacity and insufficient points of connection all play their part.

Going through the process of determining which workloads to move into the cloud tends to produce a common realisation” “not every workload is right for the public cloud, so we need a scalable strategy to run alongside our cloud deployments.” It’s no surprise that Gartner predicts that by 2025, 85% of infrastructure strategies will integrate on-premise (corporate data center), colocation, cloud and edge delivery options, compared with 20% in 2020 (Gartner – The Everywhere Enterprise).

This results in multifaceted infrastructure strategies, within which colocation is proving increasingly popular.

Twice the value from colocation

In the cloud era, colocation is delivering two forms of value to organisations – whether they’re in the midst of digital transformation and IT modernisation, or simply experiencing incremental growth:

  • A cloud enabler – Thanks to colocation facilities being highly connectivity-centric, they provide a logical stepping stone to the cloud. They offer opportunities for private and hybrid strategies that frequently are not feasible within an owned data center. Colocation acts as a point of convergence to turbo-charge your connectivity.
  • A key infrastructure pillar – A well-managed colocation facility offers high availability, in certified and tiered buildings, backed by best practice operational management. As a result colocation offers a compelling mix of scalability and security, providing on-premise levels of control, but with the benefit of continual facility and technology updates.

You can find out more about the role colocation has to play in our eBook.

DATA4 Colocation: Part of your cloud strategy

DATA4’s customers often come to us because they’re seeking a trusted gateway to both their own dispersed infrastructure, and into multiple clouds. We support them by providing access to more than 70 telecom operators and more than 150 cloud destinations (such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google cloud and Salesforce).

We offer the critical success factors customers need to make their cloud strategy a success – such as low latency, control over the quality and reliability of data exchanges and a secure operating environment. In addition, we offer access to remote and secure control in real time of the IT equipment such as our Smart DC solution. All of this means that our colocation facilities work both as a natural extension of customers’ own footprint, and as a gateway to the cloud. Find out more about how we can do the same for you….