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Colocation + Cloud computing: A better way to run your business?

Aptum

June 11, 2019

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Cloud-based computing, networking and storage infrastructure and cloud-native applications are standard choices for CIOs in most industries, and in companies of all sizes.

However, not every workload is suitable or can easily be moved to the cloud. While 93% of companies will say they are running on the cloud only 25% are running in production.

Here are two reality checks about the ‘exploding cloud adoption’ statistics:

Reality Check 1
83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020. IT spend to shift to cloud over next 5 years will be USD 1,000,000,000,000.

Reality Check 2
30% of enterprises operating in the cloud are moving back to an on-premise model as a result of concerns around latency, performance in the public cloud, data sovereignty changes, better on-premise clouds and cost issues.

So, what is the real truth?

Both are true. And, this dichotomy cements the fact that IT infrastructures are increasingly complex and heterogeneous.

For many businesses, transformation to the cloud is not a linear journey with one endpoint for all workloads. Different applications require different environments. Each workload has a specific requirement in terms of performance, level of resilience and security needs.

For many organizations, the end goal is to place web servers, media servers and other servers with spiky usage on two public clouds and run a direct connection back to colocation or to an in-house data center where more solid-state applications such as storage or backup are running. While both colocation and cloud services are expected to work with their 100% SLAs and 24/7 uptime guarantees, colocation seems to have an edge as it offers customizable power densities, fault tolerance, redundancy and load balancing options.

In addition, many geographically diverse clouds form a part of most cloud migration plans. That’s when colocation go hand in hand with cloud computing as colocation can become the key point to interconnect and provide centralized systems.

Colocation + Cloud Maximizes Business Flexibility

‘Colocation + Cloud’ enables organizations to rapidly expand the business and respond to changing business conditions while retaining high levels of reliability. In truth, many cloud computing vendors themselves house their systems in existing colocation facilities.

A hybrid ‘colocation with multi-cloud strategy’ is perceived to be most beneficial because it offers IT professionals more options, easier faster disaster recovery, and increased flexibility to spread workloads across endpoints.

We have put together an eGuide ‘Colocation is Powering Future Workloads’ that examines the five megatrends impacting the future of data centers. The guide outlines why IT leaders should consider a hybrid approach with colocation as the cornerstone to power future workloads. Access the full eGuide.

Speaking for Cogeco Peer 1, our approach is to partner with our customers to offer hybrid solutions that make sense for their business needs – whether that be colocation, cloud, multi-cloud, on-premise, hosting or a combination of those.

If you’re looking to explore the potential of ‘Colocation + Cloud’ for your business, get in touch with us and our expert team will be happy to assist you.


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