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Best Practices for Selecting a Colocation Provider

Published: 28 March 2017

ID: G00326123

Analyst(s): Bob Gill , Ross Winser


Third-party colocation facilities enable I&O leaders to increase data center space, minimize investment in on-premises data centers, and interconnect to digital business partners, cloud and service providers. I&O leaders must identify providers and facilities that align to their specific needs.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Step 1: Clarify the Future Vision for Data Centers Within the Enterprise
  • Step 2: Create a Data Center List and Timeline of Opportunities
  • Step 3: Use Gartner's Colocation Selection Framework to Select Potential Suppliers
    • Determine Your Use Case
    • Verify and Project Basic Requirements for Power and Space
    • Select an Acceptable Geographic Area for Colocation Facilities
    • Match the Colocation Provider Type to Your Requirements for Scale, Network Diversity and Services Offered
    • Determine the Appropriate Level of Resilience Required
    • Explore How Space, Power and Cooling Density Requirements Are Addressed
    • Examine the Full Range of Colocation Connectivity Options Available
    • Ensure the Provider's Security Standards Meet or Exceed Enterprise Guidelines
    • Determine What Remote Hands Can (and Cannot) Do to Support You
    • Confirm Ongoing Supplier Management Activities
    • Establish Provider Willingness and Flexibility to Support Emerging Strategies

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