Gartner Research

Best Practice: How to Select the Optimum Colocation Provider and Data Center to Meet Your Needs

Published: 14 June 2011

ID: G00213833

Analyst(s): Ted Chamberlin , Alex Winogradoff

Summary

This Best Practice research will to ensure you select the right data center and colocation provider for your IT needs.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview

Analysis

  • Colocation Market
  • Colocation Provider Landscape
  • When Is Colocation the Right Choice?
  • Best Practice Steps
    • Best Practice Step 1 — Assign a Project Leader to Define Your Data Center Requirements and Manage the Provider Selection Process
    • Best Practice Step 2 — Prioritize Data Center Requirements
    • Best Practice Step 3 — Develop Initial Colocation Provider Shortlist
    • Best Practice Step 4 — Issue RFI and/or RFP
    • Best Practice Step 5 — Evaluate RFI and RFP Responses and Settle On Final Two or Three Providers
    • Best Practice Step 6 — Perform Final Due Diligence
    • Best Practice Step 7 — Negotiate Contract Details

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