Have you been working on developing the right IT infrastructure for your company, but are not satisfied with what your regional providers are offering? What will it take to score your colocation datacenter “goals?” Do you need an international colocation provider on your “team?” If the answer is a “yes” to any, some or all of these questions then here are some things to consider when looking for global colocation services to complete your IT team.
We've just finished experiencing one of the most awaited sporting events, which happens every four years and engages fans from all over the world tune in for a month to see who will be crowned the next soccer (or football if your are not in the US) World Cup champion. Over the course of four year cycles, teams train vigorously and relentlessly for the chance to win, but winning is not a reflection of that one game-winning goal; it's a reflection of decades of tradition and training, practice, coaching, having the right resources at hand, and a team that is committed to greatness.
As passionate as fans are about this, shift your mindset and think about your Latin American company's IT department. Are you committed to greatness? Have you been working on developing the right IT infrastructure for your company, but are not satisfied with what your regional providers are offering? What will it take to score your colocation datacenter "goals?" Do you need an international colocation provider on your "team?" If the answer is a "yes" to any, some or all of these questions then here are some things to consider when looking for global colocation services to complete your IT team:
Colocation Services Location
If you are looking for an international datacenter provider you want to make sure that this location and its environment is safe and secure, as the particular geographic location might have different weather, safety, and security concerns compared to Latin America. Consider where the datacenter and colocation service is located and inquire about why your potential provider selected that location. Just like real estate (location, location, location), colocation datacenters have very specific considerations. Make sure your colocation datacenter services provider has plenty of defenders on its field, and can form a perfect wall should any threats come close. For example:
§ Is the data center located in an area of the fastest and most reliable connectivity?
§ Is the data center located in any areas of environmental risk, such as flooding, earthquakes, landslides, fires, etc.? If so, what precautions does the colocation services provider take to protect your equipment/data?
§ Is the data center well secure?
§ How many data centers does the provider have to provide colocation services?
With colocation, your IT department no longer needs to purchase, maintain, store, house, and protect your own servers. When you consider all of the time, money, personnel resources, and IT maintenance requirements that you have just given to your trusted colocation services provider, you can now free up your time to focus on more critical IT demands facing your company's daily operations and productivity. The benefit of colocation is a customized data center that is policed and protected in its facilities 24/7. Don't make your best striker burn out by playing full back too.
If you are going through the effort and investment in moving to an international colocation datacenter provider, you will want to become very familiar with your potential provider's team, connectivity and reliability. You should select a colocation datacenter services provider that is the quickest on its feet, can pass the ball like no other, and is always ready to score.
One of the major benefits to colocation services is removing the responsibility of maintaining server equipment, which requires a very specific environment. With colocation, a provider must maintain the environment up to industry standards, both with security and safety as chief concerns. Some questions that might reveal a protected colocation environment include:
§ Is the room temperature kept at an optimal level?
§ Is equipment serviced and checked regularly?
§ Are there safety checks in place such as temperature warnings, fire alarms, etc.?
§ With colocation services, your data center is being watched by some of the best refs in the industry, immediately calling foul to any potential warning sign
Colocation as a Service
Colocation is a service, and that service is about utilizing technology to help people and companies achieve their goals. Select a colocation service provider that puts people first. Your colocation service provider should be your biggest and most allegiant fan, always assisting and cheering you on to get the goal. This is exactly the level of client service that we value at Host.net. Give us a call today at (561) 869-6100 or email us here so we can begin customizing a colocation solution to meet your company's needs so we can start supporting your team in achieving greatness.