Gartner Research

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

Published: 22 May 2014

ID: G00263293

Analyst(s): Bob Gill


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


  • Three Facets of Colocation Networking


  • 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

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.