The average colocation contract is between 3 to 5 years, and some can expand to between 5 and 15 years. Even if you opt for a short-term contract, that doesn’t mean you want the hassle and expense of changing data center locations every 3 years. It’s imperative that you choose a colocation service provider who can meet your current and future needs.
It costs a lot to choose a colocation services provider, move in all of your equipment, and get everything set up to be operational. If you make the wrong choice, it may cost you more in the long run to move out than it did to move in.
Before you sign a contract for colocation services, here are 3 questions that will help you determine your needs so you can evaluate which data center best meets your requirements.
- What are your IT and business requirements currently? Do you need to replicate and archive your data? And if so, do you need additional colocation locations to accomplish this?
- How do you envision your future requirements changing? Not only do you need to know your current requirements, but what do you want to achieve in the future? Consider transitioning to the cloud or using managed services, for example.
- What type of growth are you expecting in the future? You need a colocation services provider who can help you quickly scale your IT solution to support your growing business.
Ultimately, you want to choose a colocation services solution partner not just a facility. How the colocation services facility is operated and how they treat their long-term clients is indicative of a colocation services provider who is dedicated to aligning your IT needs and business requirements.
ByteGrid put together an informative e-book titled “6 Considerations for Selecting the Right Colocation Provider” that will help you put together a basic plan for evaluating colocation services providers to make the best choice.
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