Colocation & Outsourcing Choose Wisely Five things to consider when choosing the right colocation partner, according to Darren Watkins, managing director of Virtus Data Centres. A few years ago, you may have heard it said that colocation is dead, and that cheap cloud computing would take its place. But it is clear today that colocation is not going anywhere. In fact, in the face of industry scepticism, CBRE reported that 2016 was another record year for leased data centre capacity both in Europe and the US, with predictions of growth thanks to ongoing digital disruption and the proliferation of business ecosystems, the leveraging of AI/ 28 | September 2017 machine learning and the power of cloud. All of this means that the issues today’s IT leaders face are almost always complex in nature. To keep pace with the speed of doing business, organisations are having to continually reinvent themselves, and consequently their supporting digital infrastructure. The result is that IT directors and CIOs have sprawling environments to manage. This is where colocation comes into its own. It is designed to have maximum flexibility with total transparency and solves some of the most frustrating problems faced by IT departments, but without introducing new problems. It requires the same skills needed to run servers in-house but the provider takes full responsibility for the physical environment i.e. the state of the network cables, power availability, physical security and even the level of cleanliness are somebody else’s problem. Here are the top five things to consider when choosing a colocation partner: Location, security, connectivity, flexibility and Total Cost of Service.