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Technology Overview for Data Center Colocation Services

Published: 09 October 2014

ID: G00269324

Analyst(s): Douglas Toombs , Bob Gill


Moving IT resources into a third-party colocation facility is a strategic tool for enterprises running out of space, power or cooling in their data centers. This document describes what IT leaders should expect from market offerings and how to evaluate potential service providers.

Table Of Contents


  • Technology Description
    • Carrier-Centric Colocation Providers
    • Carrier-Neutral Colocation/Peering Providers
    • Small-Footprint (Retail) Versus Large-Footprint (Wholesale) Colocation
  • Operating Requirements
    • Space
    • Power
    • Cooling
    • Facility Resiliency Design
    • Connectivity
    • Security and Facilities Access
    • Remote-Hands and Managed Services
  • Technology Definition
  • Standards
  • Operating Requirements
  • Uses
  • Benefits and Risks
  • Technology Alternatives
  • Selection Guidelines
  • Price Performance
  • Technology Providers

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