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Expand Into New Markets With Private Colo™

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Despite the growing hype surrounding cloud computing, the colocation industry is still far from becoming irrelevant. In fact, a study from IMS Research (an IHS company), projects that demand for colocation will continue to rise significantly over the next several years.

“The North American colocation sector generated $6.5 billion in revenue in 2012, and is expected to grow to $10 billion by 2017” (Source Data Center Knowledge 2013)

Another report, from Research and Markets, estimates that the colocation industry will grow at a CAGR of 13.36 percent from 2012 to 2016 (Source Research and Markets 2013). The report also indicates that prices for colocation services continue to fall while the demand increases; demonstrating the extreme level of competition that exists between colocation providers today.
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How To Protect Yourself From Data Center Disasters

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Hurricane Sandy (2012) proved that disaster recovery is a very real concern which has the potential to exceed even our worst fears. Overnight millions of dollars of hardware was lost at dozens of data centers throughout New York and New Jersey. Over the following few days, millions more were spent keeping those data centers alive, but running on fumes.

Cloud, colocation and private data centers alike were severely impacted. To their credit, the staff of the affected data centers performed near miraculous acts to prevent loss of data and reduce downtime. However, the scarcity, cost and environmental concerns raised by the use of emergency gas generators should give pause to anyone creating a disaster recovery plan.

The manager of one of the data centers affected by Hurricane Sandy, a significant component in the technology infrastructure of a large international company, was interviewed about the his staff’s experiences during Hurricane Sandy.
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