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Provider-Neutral Meet Points/Co-Lo Facilities for Data Centers

Published: 26 January 2009

ID: G00203594

Analyst(s): Jeff Young


How can a large enterprise play the telecom provider game to its own advantage? In this report on neutral meet points, Senior Analyst Jeff Young looks at ways to design an efficient, resilient architecture to connect to a provider of choice in a neutral facility rather than let a single provider build out to the enterprise location.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Reference Architecture
  • Optimizing the Architecture
    • Local Circuits
    • Redundancy
    • Moving Additional Services to Co-Location
  • Connecting Additional Sites
  • Disadvantages
    • Complexity
    • Network Troubleshooting
    • Coordination
    • Cost
  • Recommendations

The Details

  • Background
  • Internet Peering
  • The Co-Location Market
    • Accepting Carrier-Neutral Co-Location in ISPs
    • Components of a Carrier-Neutral Site
    • Carrier-Neutral Market



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