May 15, 2018

They go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Data center colocation services make up a tried-and-true infrastructure model that has withstood the cloud’s rise. When cloud solutions began to emerge, some pundits worried the new service model would dig into colocation. In practice, the two service models are increasingly intertwining and becoming interdependent on one another.

Businesses are becoming more reliant on hybrid IT models and often find that mixing cloud and colocation services create an opportunity to streamline integration and improve performance. It turns out, using colocation alongside the cloud is proving beneficial for businesses, and you can hop on this bandwagon to get an edge.

Colocation Continues to Rise

Demand for colocation services is high even as companies continue to put resources into the cloud. Vertiv surveyed data center managers working in the U.S. and found organizations are poised to ramp up colocation plans, as 57 percent of respondents expect to increase their use of the service within the next 12 months. In many cases, companies are turning to colocation to either help them meet new capacity demands or support edge data center use cases.

While the move to leverage colocation is often motivated by sources beyond the cloud, plenty of organizations find themselves thinking about their cloud strategy as they turn to colocation. When exploring how businesses use various data center services in tandem, 451 Research found that 82 percent of IT leaders polled consider it to be either somewhat or very important that their cloud services are located in the same facility as their colocated infrastructure.

Why Colocation and Cloud Align

There are plenty of financial reasons to utilize both cloud solutions and colocation – economy of scales are valuable from a fiscal perspective. However, aligning the two solution models can also be valuable from a technical point of view. Here’s how:

  • Colo-toCloud: Virtualize systems at end of life: Many companies are hesitant to move to the cloud because they have existing IT investments. When those assets reach the end of their service life, companies can maintain their colocation plan, but implement new infrastructure to create a hosted private cloud.
  • Focus on the app to optimize spending: Some workloads are great in the public cloud, where their usage dynamics will lead to cost savings over time. Other applications are more cost efficient or perform better on other infrastructure types.  Colocation makes sense for a lot of applications and business needs and lends itself well to hybrid solutions.
  • Improve connectivity: Hybrid IT environments rely on data moving between cloud and non-cloud systems on an almost continual basis. Placing the environment in the same data center, or within a single service provider’s network, can contribute to significant performance gains.

Mixed IT environments are increasingly necessary, and businesses need cloud and data center providers that can help them navigate complex, hybrid environments without getting bogged down in management. Lume offers a combination of cloud, colocation, and managed services to empower customers to take full advantage of a variety of infrastructure solutions in a cost-efficient way.

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