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Got 12 Months Left to Run on Your Colocation Contract? Read This Document Now!

Published: 30 October 2014

ID: G00270150

Analyst(s): Tiny Haynes

Summary

IT infrastructure managers often leave the negotiation of their colocation contracts to the last few months before expiry, by which time it is too late to realistically switch providers. Follow these guidelines to improve your negotiating stance.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Move to a Usage-Based Bill for Power Rather Than a Fixed Cost
  • Compare Pricing From Other Suppliers Nearby
  • Consider the Potential Impact of Cloud Computing on Your Colocation Requirements
  • Consider the Impact of Further Virtualization on Your Colocation
  • Evaluate the Current Geographic Location of Your Data Center and Consider the Impact of Hosting in Another Region/Country
  • Consider the Impact of Pursuing a More Sustainable Energy Supply
  • Consider the Cost, Resource and Operational Implications of Migrating Your Colocation Service

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