Although a data center network is designed not to fail, it does happen. Sometimes the unexpected and unanticipated does happen. And if it does, it puts “data owners” in a precarious situation — especially when it is a colo that goes down.
As recent situations have illustrated, the ramifications of a colo outage can be devastating. Case in point: two outages in data centers in the UK in July 2016 operated by one of the world’s largest communication and colo providers reportedly took down 10% of voice and data traffic in and around London for more than four hours. Unfortunately for the businesses that operated out of those data centers their assumption that they had secured their data in a stable environment unwittingly felt the consequences.