Great set of questions from last summer on using outsource data centers and the decision makeing process to do so.
I'm interested in hearing how organizations have come to the conclusion that this was their best alternative to expanding data center capacity?
We have seen some organizations dive into Co-Lo facilities because the industry is growing so they assume it is the right thing to do or they think it will be more cost effective before anyone has really analyzed the cost implications. I think it is critical for an organization to analyze all of the suitable approaches to their need of expanding data center capacity such as; upgrading existing facilities, Co-Location, building new or building a scalable Data Center Shelter that can be leased to provide tax benefits while the lease payments may be close to what you’d pay for suitable Co-Lo space.
First of all, what is driving your interest in Co-Location is it the costs of running your own facility? Or one of these issues:
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