Gartner Research

Innovation Insight for Data Center Colocation

Published: 04 May 2017

ID: G00327239

Analyst(s): Bob Gill, Ross Winser

Summary

Colocation delivers purpose-built data center capacity and interconnection services in a facility maintained and run by a third party. I&O leaders should analyze the divergent use cases, available operating standards, risks, evaluation factors and potential alternatives before selecting a supplier.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Definition
  • Description
  • Benefits and Uses
    • Adoption Rate
  • Risks
  • Evaluation Factors
    • Selection Guidelines
    • Colocation Supplier Types
    • Small-Footprint (Retail) Versus Large-Footprint (Wholesale) Colocation
  • Operating Requirements
    • Space
    • Power
    • Cooling
    • Facility Resiliency Design
    • Connectivity
    • Security and Facilities Access
    • Remote-Hands and Managed Services
    • Data Center Infrastructure Management and Reporting
  • Colocation Alternatives
  • Recommendations
  • Representative Providers

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