In almost every technology discussion, no matter what the topic, the Cloud seems to make its way into the middle. You will most likely hear about the substantial business and technology benefits for moving to the Cloud. While most IT professionals would agree that cloud computing is advantageous, the most common concern is how to make the move to the cloud. As an end-to-end provider of colocation and cloud services, we have seen many companies that are either completely petrified of moving to the cloud or ready to jump-in head first with an all-or-nothing approach. To assure a smooth cloud transition, companies should follow a roadmap outlining gradual adoption. While each roadmap is different, Colocation has continued to play an important role in the journey to the cloud.
Outsourcing some data and applications to a colocation facility is a great first step for those who are worried about letting go of some of the day-to-day control of their IT assets. Colocation allows businesses to maintain ownership of their IT systems without having to invest in space, power, cooling, and physical security. Colocation also optimizes the use of legacy hardware that companies don’t want to waste. Businesses can co-locate depreciating servers at a secure data center while accessing virtual machines on an as-needed basis and building their cloud footprint. Furthermore, businesses that leverage the use of experts to manage assets enable their IT team to focus on more strategic and operational efforts. They can then start gradually moving applications little by little to the cloud.
By partnering with ColoSpace, an end-to-end provider of colocation AND cloud services, businesses can simplify their cloud journey by leveraging our breadth and depth of expertise, 24×7 support and security and regulatory compliance standards to implement a flexible, scalable and cost-effective cloud platform. Furthermore, ColoSpace’s expansive service offering assures that as a business’ strategy evolves, so do we, assuring that no IT investment ever goes to waste.
For many, colocation is more than a step towards the cloud. It can be an important component in an overall IT strategy. It offers many of the same benefits as the cloud and provides an easy way to connect to it, all while helping you meet changing business needs without throwing away your investment in existing IT assets.
In Part Two, we will discuss Colocation’s role as the foundation of the perfect Hybrid Cloud environment.