Combining Colo and the Cloud using a one-stop-shop approach

Date Added 07/11/2017

By Colin Woods, Account Director at PSTG.  Linked In Twitter

Under intense pressure to innovate and drive business value, IT organisations are turning to the cloud and data centre colocation to cut costs, gain efficiencies, deliver on-demand services and provide the business with a competitive edge.

No surprise, when you consider just how many of today’s businesses need to power business-aligned technical strategies that encompass everything from mobility to IoT services, wearable tech, big data and business integrated analytics.

Clearly, colocation is increasingly about more than just the data centre facilities alone where you get floor space, electrical power, and an internet connection – resources that you can scale up or down as required.

Indeed, many colocation data centres now offer a host of services – from managed IT to the hybrid cloud. And that’s going to be important if you’re moving workloads to the cloud to achieve business transformation.

Think about it. With McKinsey predicting that more than one-in-three companies will be using public cloud infrastructure as the primary environment for at least one workload by 2018, it makes sense to combine colocation with cloud using a one-stop-shop approach that allows you to manage your workloads, basic infrastructure and operations in a highly streamlined and simplified manner. 

Alongside consolidation, you should also gain a rich choice of secure connectivity options to the cloud platforms you plan to use. But that’s not all.

The benefits of being able to tap into cloud services delivered directly out of the colocation data centre itself are many and varied. Alongside agility, in terms of how services are delivered, you’ll also gain a direct connection to cloud services in the data centre itself. Compared to using MPLS, that all adds up to enhanced security alongside improved resiliency and quality of service.

When you add all this to the traditional benefits of making the move to a colocation data centre, the advantages of a hybrid/cloud/colocation model become incredibly compelling.

Hopefully we’ve not scrambled your brains with all this talk of cloud colocation. 

If you’re thinking of migrating from a traditional IT infrastructure to a cloud-based platform and need to understand the implications – and opportunities – on offer, then PSTG are only too happy to provide some guidance around what’s possible. 

We’ll also help you make the move to cloud colocation in a pain-free manner that works for your business – today and into the future.

To do this, we’ll need to ask you some questions first. Like ‘What do you want to accomplish?’, ‘How do you plan to enable your cloud?’ and ‘What are your expected business outcomes’. Pretty straightforward really!

Seriously though, we know that the cloud means different things to different people – and managed cloud represents yet another distinction that will need to be evaluated in the wider framework of your overall cloud and colocation strategy.


Global Data Centre Partnership 

PSTG have recently formed the Global Data Centre Partnership (GDCP) which brings together some of the world's leading independent data centre providers to offer customers a better choice of colocation facilities combined with the professional services (from PSTG) that help deliver on transformational goals.  

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Did you miss it? View Colin's recent interview with Compare the Cloud at IP Expo in October

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