CoreSite and IDG released a report which examines the latest data center trends, strategies, requirements, and other findings from an annual quantitative survey and in-depth interviews with senior IT decision makers.
“As businesses continue to empower remote workers and fortify their digital footprints in response to pandemic-induced changes, colocation has emerged as an essential pillar in a successful hybrid IT strategy,” said John Gallant, Enterprise Consulting Director at IDG Communications.
“The 2021 survey findings demonstrate that a diverse multi-cloud hybrid IT architecture can fuel transformation, foster resiliency and achieve important business outcomes.”
Colocation lowers operational costs and improves TCO
- Increased security and flexibility/scalability were reported as top two primary reasons to migrate workloads to colocation solution
- Thirty-five percent surveyed say that colocation lowers operational costs and improves TCO
- 46% of respondents say their companies are gravitating to an operating expense model for IT spending
- Ninety-three out of 100 IT leaders say they are confident their colocation partners can enable future transformation initiatives
- Ninety percent of respondents say interconnection to cloud providers is critical or important
One survey respondent, a senior director of a SaaS provider, stated “I don’t want to build my own data center – our competency is designing, engineering and maintaining software. I don’t want to get into the business of peering with carriers. Those are things that a colocation business provides.”
“Colocation enables enterprises to save up to 60% on cloud connectivity, compared to telecommunications or software-defined network offerings, and roughly 70% for data replication expenses. Eliminating egress charges when restoring data from certain cloud availability zones is an example of how colocation can improve TCO for the enterprise.”