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Leveraging Colocation Networks to Benefit the Enterprise

Leveraging Colocation Networks to Benefit the Enterprise

This IDC study provides guidance for IT leaders (CIOs, CTOs, datacenter operations managers) exploring offsite colocation deployments as part of overall enterprise datacenter transformation initiatives. This document explores the trends that are elevating the importance of the networking-oriented aspects of third-party datacenter colocation and offers insight on how IT organizations should approach the provider selection process.

"Ensuring access to a broad base of network connectivity continues to be of growing importance to enterprise datacenter operators in their selection of a colocation provider," said Kelly Quinn, research manager, Datacenter Trends and Strategies. "If you consider the datacenter to be the heart of the enterprise IT organization, the network is its circulatory system. It's critical that enterprise datacenter operators closely and carefully evaluate the networking aspect of any colocation solution before agreeing to engage with a specific vendor."

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
Colocation and Network: More than Just Space
Bandwidth Availability and Connectivity Options
Carrier Diversity
Redundancy/High Availability
Ecosystems: The Power of Proximity
Network Realignment
Fundamental Network Requirements
Future Outlook
Diverse Carrier Access
Network Realignment
Outsourcing Datacenter Operations
Essential Guidance
Survey Methodology
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Figure: Key Factors Driving Respondents' Use of Third-Party Colocation Datacenters, 2014

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