Datum Datacentres has announced the release of a new white paper commissioned from analyst Quocirca. “Data Centre Co-Location: An Easy Decision, A Difficult Choice” will help CIOs and other co-location buyers navigate the choice of providers in order to ensure that the total package — including the facility, the technology, the operations and client service — fully supports the business. Getting the choice wrong is not a minor hiccup: this is a long term commitment with far-reaching consequences and the decision requires due diligence to be applied. This paper provides guidelines for those both within IT and within the business who are looking to move to a co-location facility and who want to make sure that their selection procedures cover all the criteria required to make the appropriate choice.
For many organizations, co-location is the logical way forward for hosting, securing and connecting the IT infrastructure. However not all co-location providers are the same, and it is often the subtle differentiators that can make the difference between a successful or a stressful partnership. Differentiating one co-location provider from another can be a challenge. They all appear to promise much the same and it is tempting to select the one offering the lowest cost. Doing so can be catastrophic for the business, resulting in low system availability and ongoing arguments over issues that should not have occurred in the first place. Not all co-location providers are the same – when selecting a co-location provider you are engaging with one of your business’ most important on-going partners and the correct choice is critical.
“Data Centre Co-Location: An Easy Decision, A Difficult Choice” provides a useful checklist of the key differentiation factors that need to be considered, along with their potential business impact. Additionally, it contains a checklist of co-location fundamentals that should be investigated to ensure the co-location provider you select can deliver what you need.