Why IT Is Increasing Investments in Colocation

Why IT Is Increasing Investments in Colocation

Why IT Is Increasing Investments in ColocationWhy IT Is Increasing Investments in Colocation

Needing more scalable use of data with better network connectivity, data center managers are increasingly looking into colocation options.

On the RadarOn the Radar

65% of the data center managers surveyed said they are currently using colocation, or plan to within the next 12 months.

Expanding FootprintExpanding Footprint

57% said they expect their use of colocation services to increase over the next two years.

Going OffsiteGoing Offsite

80% of the data center managers surveyed are using either off-premises or hybrid data centers.

Multiple PathsMultiple Paths

35% said they’ve expanded data center capacity within the past two years by adding to the data center without physically expanding it; 30% said they’ve done so by using the cloud without colocation; and 25% have expanded capacity with colocation.

MultifunctionalMultifunctional

52% of the data center managers surveyed use colocation data centers as a backup; 44% use them as primary data centers for computing and critical infrastructure; and more than 33% use them for cloud services.

Biggest Drivers of ColocationBiggest Drivers of Colocation

Better future scalability: 32%,
Network and edge connectivity: 22%,
Lack of staffing to support expansion: 13%

Biggest Colocation ChallengesBiggest Colocation Challenges

Cost: 45%,
Security: 31%,
Internal staffing: 18%

Top Apps Moved to ColocationTop Apps Moved to Colocation

Storage management: 74%,
Email: 66%,
Database services: 59%,
Web servers: 54%,
Communication/collaboration: 48%

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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