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Is Your Colocation Provider Cloud-Enabling or a Cloud Impediment?

Published: 21 April 2015

ID: G00276921

Analyst(s): Bob Gill


Many enterprises are looking to colocation as a first step in the journey toward a hybrid cloud future. Unfortunately, the choice of a colocation provider can either enable or restrict the cloud options and architecture available. We provide a context and framework for the questions to ask.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • What Is the Opportunity?
    • What Types of Cloud Enablement Can Colocation Providers Offer?
    • What Are the First Key Questions to Ask?
    • What Information Do We Need to Plan Properly?
    • What Happens If We Do This Wrong?


  • Determine If the Applications in the Colocation Deployment Are Likely to Be Elements in a Hybrid Cloud Strategy Over the Next Three to Five Years
  • Document Current Enterprise Cloud Plans, Including SaaS, PaaS and IaaS, and Any Requirements for Hybrid Connectivity to Proposed Colocated Applications and Data
  • Determine Whether the Colocation Effort or the Cloud Effort Is Leading the Pool of Options
  • Determine Whether These Cloud Plans Depend on Private or Public Cloud Deployment
  • Map the Planned Cloud Requirements to the Capabilities of the Proposed Colocation Providers

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