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Top 10 Modern Colocation Myths Debunked

Published: 23 May 2018

ID: G00355502

Analyst(s): Henrique Cecci , Tiny Haynes


Misconceptions about colocation services have increased alongside its evolution toward greater cloud connectivity and more varied use cases. I&O leaders should leverage this research to determine colocation's true strengths and limitations as an alternative to on-premises or cloud infrastructures.

Table Of Contents


  • Myth 1: Colocation Is Cheaper Than On-Premises
  • Myth 2: Colocation Services Are Just Space, Energy and Connectivity
  • Myth 3: Cost Cutting Is the Key Driver for Colocation
  • Myth 4: All Colocation Providers Offer Equivalent Services
  • Myth 5: Cloud Will Eliminate the Need for Colocation in the Future
  • Myth 6: On-Premises Is More Reliable Than Colocation
  • Myth 7: On-Premises Is More Secure Than Colocation
  • Myth 8: On-Premises Is More Flexible Than Colocation
  • Myth 9: Colocation Is Preferably Used for Production Sites
  • Myth 10: Colocation Does Not Contribute to Innovation

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