Every hosting provider wants a slice of the cloud pie. But without a data centre that can perform, the ability to grab the opportunity can be challenging. As a result, the connectivity, proximity and scalability of a data centre can make or break a business’ success.
The data centre is the backbone of any cloud strategy; it supports the whole edifice of cloud computing, determining availability, performance and flexibility at the most fundamental level.
The factors below are key to determining the extent to which a data centre is suitable for supporting the successful delivery and growth of cloud services.
The community of providers and enterprises present in a data centre is the key factor when choosing a location to build and manage hybrid cloud solutions. Acting as a hub, a carrier-and-cloud-neutral data centre can directly interconnect your private cloud environment with global cloud providers, resellers, customers and networks, guaranteeing network performance, low latency and the highest availability for customer workloads and applications.
Carrier-neutral data centres offer a wide range of connectivity options, including national and international carriers, ISPs, CDNs and Internet exchanges. The current marketplace allows you to work with your connectivity providers of choice to achieve cost-effectiveness and flexibility. So make sure any data centre you choose offers the best in connectivity options.
While it’s an obvious factor, availability is extremely important considering business-critical processes now depend on applications delivered from the cloud. Don’t believe what a data centre provider tells you – dig into their operational procedures, talk to their customers and inspect their data centres to ensure you have the availability you need.
This is an extract of our latest white paper, The Evolution of the European Cloud Market.