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November 19, 2018 - by Synoptek
The number one rule for big data is: Store it somewhere safe. We’re over a decade into a stable internet, and mid-level and enterprise organizations are finally joining the early adopters in joining the cloud. Both its cost and scalability make storing your digital architectures in remote data centers via the internet an attractive solution for all business sizes.
Colocation architecture is the latest trend in a secure IT framework. A “colo” data center can be either a private or shared off-site third-party hosting service where companies store, run and maintain hardware. Enterprise and mid-level companies are relocating their servers, firewalls, and other equipment to these off-site locations. Let’s look into what’s driving this trend and how it can benefit your business.
Colocating your data center off-site in a managed service arrangement has some obvious benefits. For example:
RightScale’s latest State of the Cloud Report states that 81% of companies have adopted a multi-cloud model, in which some of their services are hosted on-premises and others are off-site and others in the cloud. Hybrid arrangements are particularly attractive to large companies that are just dipping their toes into cloud models.
Disaster recovery is a particularly viable case for colocation, providing a secure off-site backup so that business operations can continue even in the face of a catastrophic event.
Colocation is perfect for improving the security of your IT architectures. Colocation facilities offer redundancy in equipment and uptime as well as physical security and 24 x 7 x 365 network monitoring. Converting to colocation is an innovative, cost-effective, secure, and scalable way to expand and improve business IT architecture.
Colocation is a growing market segment in the big data storage market. According to Research and Markets, colocation will grow to $62.3 billion by 2022. Selecting the right colocation partner is imperative not only for corporate data security but also for ease of use. Finding the right colocation partner should be based on a number of factors, including:
Gartner suggests determining your use cases before having a conversation with colocation management to discuss your specific needs. Synoptek stands by to speak with you about our colocation services. Contact us today to start the conversation.
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