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Colocation Networking: Connectivity Options to Drive Transformation and Enable Digital Business

Published: 21 October 2015

ID: G00292934

Analyst(s): Bob Gill


Colocation has become a key element in enterprise networking topology. It can enable new business models, support the move to the cloud, reshape the enterprise WAN and provide the interconnection needed for digital business, but it requires an architect-level review to be implemented effectively.

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
    • Connection to Colocated Business and Technical Services
    • 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
    • Edge Computing and Communications
    • Business Transformation
  • A Contrarian View
  • Bottom Line

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