Perspectives on Cloud Versus Colocation for Disaster Recovery

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No one would argue that off-site redundancy is an essential part of an enterprise disaster recovery plan. Many enterprises — perhaps yours included — own and maintain data centers for this purpose. But as workloads grow, you might find that it’s more cost-effective to outsource disaster recovery through cloud, colocation or a combination of both. But which is the best approach? Here are some common perspectives you’ll find in the industry.

Cloud-First Does Not Mean Cloud Only — Add Colocation for the Ideal Balance

Data Center Frontier

"Hybrid IT architectures with colo as the foundation increase efficiency, lower costs, and mitigate risks when compared to environments with only in-house data centers."

Cloud vs. Colocation: Why Both Make Sense for the Enterprise Right Now

"Whatever approach an organisation opts for, the IT platform they choose has to adequately support the business in its aims. This is increasingly where a fully in-house facility/platform model is failing. As yet, the end game is not decided. Colocation and public cloud both have their parts to play in any system – just do not write one or the other off for any ivory tower reasons."

Gartner Says a Massive Shift to Hybrid Infrastructure Services Is Underway


" 'Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multisourced environment.' "

How Data Center Colocation Benefits Businesses

Data Center Journal

"Although some organizations see the cloud as another viable alternative to colocation, it provides neither a fully auditable system nor full control of an organization’s infrastructure. When using a colocation provider, a company can avoid storage bills. Store information through a colocation service is drastically cheaper than doing so in the cloud. And although cost savings alone make colocation appealing, there are many additional benefits, including sustainability, scalability and security."

How an IT Business Continuity Plan Differs With Colocation vs. Cloud


"When building an IT business continuity plan, a cloud platform can offer a far more flexible and cost-effective approach than colocation. However, many colocation providers partner with cloud providers to offer a hybrid possibility."

As you can see, each side of the argument has its merits, and a hybrid approach is also very popular. We’d recommend that you consider these factors as well:

  • Think about how close you prefer your disaster recovery site to be.
  • Consider your compliance requirements and whether or not the cloud or colocation solution you’re looking at meets those requirements.
  • For colocation, consider the cost of the facility and maintenance costs as well as site security.
  • For cloud, consider service level agreements and bandwidth costs.
  • Consider bundling options like workspace seats to get more bang for your buck

When deciding between colocation and cloud (or both), there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The right solution depends on your organization’s budget, needs and future plans.

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