In today’s cloud era, is there ever a situation in which an enterprise should build a new secondary data center? Or will colocation sites simply become the data centers of the future – primary and secondary alike?
We’ve had this conversation time and again with enterprise CIOs, IT managers and industry leaders. As organizations increasingly make leveraging the cloud a top priority, many colo sites are stepping in to offer security, connectivity, reduced latency and cloud interconnection opportunities that a physical data center simply can’t match. However, some IT pros think the physical data center will indefinitely continue to be a cornerstone for enterprises.
During our recent monthly Twitter chat series, #StorageDebate, we raised this question among industry experts. John Freimuth, general manager of cloud at Digital Realty, joined the conversation as our guest for an inside look at how enterprises are using colo services, while a number of other data center influencers stopped by to share their thoughts. Read through the highlights, collected below via Storify, to read the participants’ takes on whether colo and cloud are competitive or complementary, which apps are most susceptible to latency and which business use cases are best suited for colo sites. If you missed the chat, be sure to follow @ClearSkyData on Twitter to join next month’s discussion.