Legacy Apps Are Killing the Cloud: Colocation is (Still) the Hero Waiting in the Wings

By: Josh Rhine

September 26, 2017

Not everything belongs in the cloud. Hybrid solutions that utilize colocation may be the answer for your legacy applications and hardware.


Legacy IT systems represent one of the greatest barriers businesses face as they dive into the cloud. A Forbes guest post from research firm Bain Insights explained that many businesses have taken the first steps into digital transformation, but have been unable to embrace innovation because they are still managing legacy apps and dealing with subsequent data integration challenges.

Organizations must develop a strategy to deal with their legacy systems as they move into the cloud, and colocation is emerging as a popular answer.

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Using Data Center Colocation to Bridge the Cloud Divide

In practice, many businesses experience a huge divide between their cloud services and their traditional IT services. IT departments are often performing a balancing act in managing and supporting their cloud infrastructure, and their legacy applications and hardware (here’ looking at you, AS/400).

This strategy is becoming increasingly complex as businesses shift more spending to the cloud. A McAfee study found that, in just over a year, business will be devoting approximately 80 percent of their IT budgets to the cloud.

With so much spending happening in the cloud, companies must develop strategies to run their legacy systems more effectively. Colocation can be a difference-maker here. Colocation can:

  • Protect legacy IT assets in a state-of-the-art data center that offers similar sustainability, physical security, and connectivity capabilities as cloud infrastructure solutions
  • Provide a cost-efficient home for your legacy apps and infrastructure by leasing data center space. Effectively, colocation applies a shared cost model to the data center itself in the same way the cloud does for server and storage resources
  • Connect your legacy apps and hardware to a robust network that can move information between sources quickly and ease data integration concerns
  • Improve resiliency and reliability by placing your legacy IT assets in the most strategic data center locations possible
  • Colocation can help you meet compliance requirements like PCI DSS, HIPAA, ISO 27001, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), etc.

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As businesses enter a ‘cloud-first’ world, colocation is still a great solution for those applications and workloads that may not be ideal for the cloud.

Organizations relying on the cloud need to handle their on premise and legacy assets in the most efficient way possible. Colocation provides the scalability, reliability, and cost benefits needed to help businesses better utilize their legacy assets and integrate them as a hybrid solution alongside the cloud.

Colocation Continues to Deliver

Colocation is a longstanding data center services model that has survived through many tech industry trends and hype cycles. It continues to thrive largely because the core data center leasing model offers flexibility and cost efficiency that fits with most infrastructure strategies.

Even as companies embrace the cloud, the global colocation market is poised for expansion at a 14.6 percent compound annual growth rate for the period of 2017 to 2022, MarketsandMarkets found. Flexibility is central to this growth, the study discovered, as the hosting model’s ability to provide a scalable, adaptable data center environment is proving instrumental in helping companies keep up with the rapid pace of innovation in the IT sector.

Cloud computing may be garnering the attention of the IT world, but colocation is gaining momentum as businesses look for a way to host those legacy apps and services that won’t work well in the cloud world. At Lume, we offer a portfolio of geographically distributed edge data centers that are great for colocation and enable organizations to optimize every aspect of their infrastructure requirements.

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