Increasingly both UK startups and more mature bigger enterprise IT outfits are exploring hybrid-computing environments, including blended colocation and cloud computing environments.
While cloud continues to be the flavour of the month, colocation remains a critical element in exercising full control over hardware and software resources via a remote Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) web-hosting provider,
“Organizations that desire to retain ownership and control of the compute, storage and network equipment, co-location is a critical IT infrastructure solution,” said Gigaom.
“However, traditional co-location typically lacks the transparency, automation and flexibility inherent in cloud services, making it difficult to gain a holistic view of the environment or to easily address certain use cases (such as scale-out web applications or “bursty” and unpredictable workloads).”
Savvy IT managers are aware that cloud solutions are not right for every workload, especially if latency, security or uptimes are critical business objectives.
Recent surveys conducted by the Uptime Institute confirm that upwards of 25% of Internal IT departments in the UK plan to lease collocated servers from hosting provider over the next 24 months. This offers ISVs and startups simplified and powerful alternatives to implementing Disaster Recovery (DR) programs onsite, which require complex orchestrations between networks, servers and storage.
It is also generally cheaper and more affordable, allowing engineering teams to focus on business objectives rather than the daily operational challenges that are attached to running servers in-house.
If you are new to the concept of colocation this description may help you internalize its aim and benefits:
Colocation is a service option provided by hosting companies to multiple customers allowing them to remotely install their own network, server and data storage configurations to reduce overhead and optimize IT efficiencies, including Disaster Recovery.
“When you use colo, basically your datacenter is just in a different location, so you still have control over the hardware, the software, most of the communications, and any other issues that come up,” said TechTarget.
A 2012 Uptime Institute survey of global data center owners revealed that 85% use some form of colocation or cloud computing. Yet 54% had no confidence in their ability to compare cost and performance of outsourcing alternatives dependably.
However, IT leaders can mitigate these concerns by opening up a dialogue with a mature IaaS provider that has extensive experience in both cloud delivery options (hybrid, public and private) and traditional colocation models that give ISVs powerful control over remote infrastructure.
A consultation with an IaaS engineers could cover these areas, based on your individual requirements:
• Methods for Determining Comparative Cost of IT Service Delivery
• Quantifying the Cost of an IT Service Outage
• How to Conduct Service Quality Analysis for Internal and Third-Party Data Centers
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