I've been working on a request for proposal (RFP) for a brand new enterprise data center this week. The company's lease on their existing data center is ready to expire. This normally wouldn't cause a need to look for a new facility, but they recently decided to replace their primary line-of-business application, and the new application alone will cause them to outgrow the existing Chicago colocation facility that houses their enterprise data center. Now they are using the RFP to shop for affordable colocation.
The company has the typical high availability requirements:
- 99.995% uptime data center facilities
- SAS 70 data center compliance
- Hardened data center building
- Carrier netural data center facilities
- Large implementation - over 2000 feet
In order to act quickly, they are looking for a new facility to kill two birds with one stone: end their existing lease and provide facilities for the new line-of-business application.
We have seen other companies with a sudden need for additional space, but no reason to disturb their existing data center. Colocation (outsource data center) is also the easiest, fastest way to expand existing facilities without disturbing an existing production computing environment.
Are you outgrowing your production data center facility? Colocation is a simple way to scale your primary data center incrementally.