Outsourced Data Center

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What to Look for in an Outsourced Data Center

Summary

Investment in data center outsourcing and colocation in North America has increased by 13 percent in the last 12 months and is expected to increase another 15 percent by the end of 2014, according to a report published in January 2014 by DCD Intelligence. The research firm found that nearly a quarter of all data center footprint in the region is now outsourced, for a total market value of $8.8 billion. Aside from core infrastructure differences in electrical, cooling and network topology, a data center is only as good as its owner/operator. This Expert Series Report discusses the different types of services, facilities and operators and what you should look for in an outsourced data center.

Editor's Take

"The growth in data center outsourcing is being driven in part by the move to the cloud, which relies on systems hosted in a data center or colo facility. So, choosing the ideal data center is critical to any successful cloud implementation."

Takeaways for Your Business

  • Find out about three different data center offerings.
  • Compare the types of data centers operators.
  • Discover seven things to look for in a third-party data center.

About the Author

Joan Engebretson is a freelance writer who has been covering the telecommunications industry since 1992. She is a former editor for America's Network and Telephony magazines.