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Use Colocation Networking to Provide New Connectivity Paradigms and Drive Business Transformation

Published: 22 May 2014

ID: G00263293

Analyst(s): Bob Gill

Summary

Colocation has evolved from simple space and power to become a key element in enterprise networking. Beyond simply connecting compute assets to the enterprise, colocation networking can enable new business models, support the move to hosting and the cloud, and reshape the enterprise WAN.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

  • Three Facets of Colocation Networking

Analysis

  • Use Ethernet-Based Access to Provide Access to the Colocation Network When Feasible
    • Business Transformation
  • Use Intracolocation Networking to Enable New Connectivity Paradigms
    • Ecosystem Peering
    • Network Peering
    • Cloud and Hosting Direct Connect
    • Hybrid Connections
    • Cloud-to-Cloud Connections
    • Business Transformation
  • Use Intercolocation Access to Reduce WAN Costs, Reduce Latency, Improve Availability, and Provide New Topology Offerings
    • Disaster Recovery
    • WAN Ethernet
    • Carrier-Free WAN/Metropolitan Ring
    • Mesh Network
    • Content and Application Delivery
    • Business Transformation
  • Bottom Line

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