Gartner Report - Colocation Networking & Connectivity

This report outlines how enterprises can employ colocation networking (various connections within a colocation facility) to achieve the same cloud benefits that cloud providers, content providers and carriers already enjoy. With colocation networking, enterprises can realize superior flexibility, resiliency and cost reduction. It covers the three facets to colocation networking — Ethernet-based access, intracolocation and intercolocation — and how your enterprise can gain a competitive advantage through their implementation.

Highlights

  • Solve the last-mile problem via Ethernet (where possible).
  • Use intracolocation networking to enable new connectivity paradigms through peering, connecting with communities of interest, and direct cloud connection.
  • Implement intercolocation access to reduce WAN costs, reduce latency, improve availability and provide new topology offerings.
  • Use the combination of intra- and intercolocation networking to derive the same benefits in performance and efficiency enjoyed by cloud service providers.

These models of consolidated access, exchange point switching, and building of a mesh that is based on competitive interconnections offer the enterprise the same architectural and technical approaches and benefits already employed by cloud providers, content providers, and the carriers themselves to reduce costs and latency while adding functionality and flexibility.

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