Gartner Research

Colocating Locally Isn't Always the Right Choice

Published: 15 October 2014

ID: G00271028

Analyst(s): Bob Gill

Summary

IT leaders often attempt to source colocation space as close as possible to their existing data centers or headquarters. In practice, the decision of where to locate is far more complex, and creativity in considering alternatives can offer unique benefits if considered strategically.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Weigh the Real or Perceived Gravity on Potential Locations Exerted by Legacy Locations
  • Investigate Whether the Existing Staffing Model (On-Site Versus Remote) Needs to Be Maintained, or If a New Model Can Be Entertained
  • Consider the Extent to Which Existing Business Ecosystems Constrain Location Flexibility; Consider the Benefit Colocation-Based Ecosystems Could Bring
  • Use Colocation to Augment or Enable Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans
  • Use Location Options to Optimize Enterprise Response to Regulatory and Government Constraints
  • Use Colocation Placement to Improve Communications Latency, Application Performance, and Network Design
  • Use Location Flexibility to Gain Business Advantage via Power Sourcing Choices

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