How to choose between cloud and server colocation China (part 1)

February 20, 2017

Server colocation China and cloud offer some comparable benefits, but each is best suited to satisfy different scenarios


It is not about doing more with less anymore. It is about doing even more, with even less. We hear from our customers all the time that their IT departments are under intense pressure nowadays to deliver more services, in more quickly timeframes, with leaner staff and smaller budgets. Most face the challenge of DC transformation, which is changing their thinking about business. A driving force in the transformation is the demands to get out from under the burden of aging infrastructure, which is causing many enterprises to look at alternatives to traditional on-premises DC approaches, colocation and cloud-based infrastructure services.

But how do you know which one is good for you? It depends on what your demands are. Colocation and China cloud servers offer some comparable advantages, but each is best suited to satisfy different scenarios. For example, both help cut some costs through the use of shared facilities, but the choices of one versus the other is based on your specific requirements.


What is colocation?

With colocation, companies can use and maintain their own device, but share the cost of cooling, power, communications, and DC floor space with other tenants. Colocation is a good solution for you if you need entire control over your device. For example, this may be the case if you must have that level of control to satisfy regulatory or data protection demands based on your industry.

Another popular reason to use colocation is to address the limits of an existing DC. One industry survey found that 36 % of DC facilities will soon run out of power, space or cooling capacity. Rather than building a new DC, therefore, you can augment your existing center by using space in a colocation facility. Beisdes, many customers use colocation to have a secondary site for disaster recovery goals, avoiding the demand to build a total second DC.


Two points to keep in mind with colocation

Firstly, colocation still needs you to buy your own dedicated servers China, switches, storage and software. Secondly, your IT employee time will be taken up by managing and monitoring the device and conducting maintenance and backups. However, many providers provide managed services which can be leveraged to manage and monitor your infrastructure. Find a provider which can provides a various options so you can select what functions you want a 3rd-party to control and which you want to maintain manage over.