Colocation Selection Considerations

AIS-Frank-GaffThere are many reasons why companies seek a colocation facility for their data center needs.
Perhaps it’s the benefit derived from a cost-effective, quick-access solution. Or, there may be a desire for a higher tier-level facility with better infrastructure and tighter security.
Whatever the drivers, for the desired results to be achieved a critical step is to have a disciplined approach to evaluating potential colocation vendors.
Consideration for Selecting a Colocation Facility
The following is a list that companies selecting a colocation facility should think about.
•    Facility Tiers 1-4, there are differences
•    Business stakeholder needs and guarantees
•    Power requirements
•    Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
•    Network throughput
•    Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance certification
•    Geographic considerations
•    Disaster Recovery
•    Managed Storage Services
•    Professional Services
•    Managed Security Services
We know the questions that need to be asked — which can really help streamline the evaluation process.
In fact, for more than 20 years, AIS has delivered forward-thinking advice, technology, and operation-enhancing solutions.
We can help you address every aspect of your infrastructure — including how new solutions may affect the bigger picture.
About the Author
Frank Gaff is VP of Service Assurance and Chief Compliance Officer. He has over 30 years of experience in IT, data center, and telecommunications operations. At AIS, he is responsible for the Service Delivery and Client Services organization, managing the client experience from order entry to service implementation and on-going 24x7x365 client support.
Mr. Gaff took over responsibility for compliance and drove company efforts to complete the SSAE 16 SOC 1 Type 2, the SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type 2, and the SSAE 16 SOC 3 audits for our San Diego and Phoenix enterprise-class data centers. He also spearheaded the AIS Change Management and Incident Management procedures that were developed and implemented using the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) architecture.