How the Colocation Data Center Spurs Digital TransformationAugust 13, 2019
Businesses see digital transformation as a vital step for their company’s survival according to the 2019 Digital Transformation Market Trends Report. For many, the colocation data center has become the vital link for making transformation a reality. This comes in the form of its ability to further hybrid cloud approaches, network and cloud provider choices, greater flexibility/simplicity, and increased security and compliance.
With the rise of IoT, businesses are looking for ways to take advantage of the data these sensors gather in real time as well as the vast stores of data produced by the average organization. Colocation service providers deliver cloud service connections for data that does not require immediate analysis.
These providers can also meet the needs of IoT data requiring analysis close to its collection point by acting as edge computing data centers. This enables business to use business intelligence (BI) tools to deliver actionable insights in near real-time.
For the distributed enterprise, disparate locations across the globe are the strength of the business in serving regional customers and new markets. This is also the biggest challenge in providing those disparate branches with access to centralized network applications, workloads, data, and other resources.
The colocation data center provides them with strategically located data centers capable of meeting this asset access need. The solution come in the form of their access to internet exchanges and peering providers along with broad interconnectivity enabling universal access to those assets.
In today’s digital business climate, all data is now big data, but making it actionable is still a challenge for many businesses. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) are needed to create actionable insight for vast stores of video, images and audio that businesses are gathering from countless sources. Businesses are increasingly taking advantage of purpose-built AI/ML/DL servers within colocation data centers to drive BI and new lines of business.
AI and ML initiatives are being handled in various ways ranging from the cloud, to on-premise to the data center. Colocation service providers enable businesses to execute their AI/ML/DL initiatives in locations best suited to their need and output location. This gives them the power to meet any latency, storage and compute needs that may apply to ensure AI initiative optimization.
Colocation data center providers must position themselves as true one-stop shops to meet the varied needs of hybrid cloud computing, IoT, BI and analytics, mobility, and the distributed enterprise. The overriding advantage of a colocation data center that intersects with all these needs is its ability to make a global business data seem local to its workforce, its clients, and its customers.