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Vendor Landscape: Canadian Co-location/Managed Services

Sort through disguised differentiation to get back to an apples-to-apples comparison.

  • The decision to co-locate (all or part of) the data center facility can be risky. The decision to build vs. buy is one of cost – IT decision makers must put in the time and effort to gather requirements, determine the needs of the business, and select a co-location vendor to ensure the engagement is successful.
  • Organizations struggle to differentiate vendors to choose the best fit. It is important that organizations outline their individual requirements in order to ensure that the most suitable vendor is selected.
  • It is also extremely important that organizations foresee future needs. More organizations will require a hybrid model of services, including co-location, managed services, and cloud services. Select a vendor that can meet current and future needs.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Most mid-sized organizations begin with a co-location solution and evolve into a managed services or cloud solution. Therefore, it is important that vendors can provide a hybrid model to ensure that customers can evolve in the relationship.
  • Many vendors in the co-location space have cut out their basic level of co-location service and are only offering managed services.
  • There are three Tiers of vendors (based on size, geography, and market influence); the majority of mid-sized enterprises should concentrate on vendors that fall into the Tier 2 category. Generally, there is really no difference in capacity or capability in the market – just size.

Impact and Result

  • Understand the importance of a hybrid model when considering your co-location vendor.
  • Evaluate Canadian co-location/managed services vendors and services for your enterprise needs.
  • Determine the requirements of your enterprise and ensure that the vendor meets them.

Vendor Landscape: Canadian Co-location/Managed Services Research & Tools

1. Evaluate Canadian Co-location providers and available solutions

Understand the Canadian Co-location provider market, the players, and their products.

2. Identify the solutions that best fit enterprise needs

Develop a customized shortlist to speed solution selection.

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Authors

Darin Stahl

Jenna Maertz

Contributors

  • AllStream
  • Bell
  • CentriLogic
  • Data Centers Canada
  • PEER 1
  • Primus
  • Q9 Networks
  • RackForce
  • Savvis
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