Colocation data centers are continuously evolving to keep up with the needs and demands of the modern workforce, as well as to stay technologically relevant. They are important resources for any business, which means it’s essential to stay on top of changes and to evolve alongside them.  So, what’s changing in colocation and what’s to come?

Traditionally, a colocation data center has provided the building, along with power, connectivity, cooling, and security. At the same time, the client will provide their own storage, server, and routing equipment. These centers provide scalability, security, and access to some of the top technologies out there, as well as freedom from tedious needs such as staffing and server management. 

However, as technology evolves and business data needs grow, colocation data centers experience change that affects their clients. Current changes are being propelled by the expansion of the Cloud, creating new considerations for businesses utilizing colocation data centers. 

How Hybridization Changes Things

Colocation data centers once offered streamlined packages that included everything a business could need, such as power, connectivity, hardware, and more. Yet, with the introduction of the Cloud into the world of data, there has been a shift in which deployments have become hybrid. 

This hybridization has caused seamless data distribution between the Cloud and colocation and has created a shift in the type of deployments distributed. This is known as “The Edge,” which is the ability to deploy IT assets in a variety of locations. 

What This Means for Colocation Migration

While this technology is being used in colocation data centers, many businesses are just getting back into colocation with no understanding of the shift the Edge has made. Most of these businesses have been using all-Cloud deployments and are reaching their max as their data volumes have grown. As they re-enter colocation data centers during this shift, they are needing to expand their understanding of the colocation and the hybridization that has taken place. 

Clients who are new or returning to colocation data centers need to understand their workload and applications, as some may be best suited to stay in the Cloud, while others should be transferred to the colocation center.  Once they have differentiated between data, they will be able to implement a plan to flawlessly migrate into the colocation space. 

With the shift towards hybridization in colocation data centers, migration has become more of a challenge than ever before. Differentiating between what belongs in the Cloud and what belongs in the colocation space can be confusing. RACK59 is a colocation data center that helps with seamless migration. We work to develop customized plans for all of our clients in order to make the transition simple and stress-free.