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May 31, 2013

Cloudy with a Chance of Colocation

As cloud adoption continues to grow, colocation remains a critical IT infrastructure solution for organizations that want to keep ownership and control over their compute, storage and network equipment. However, traditional colocation does not allow for the visibility and flexibility that are intrinsic to cloud services.

This is where hybridization comes in. Hybridization of cloud and colocation can result in improved visibility and flexibility for your IT infrastructure. There are a number of growing use cases in which colocation and cloud efficiently work together, according to the experts at Internap (News - Alert) Network Services Corporation.

Since cloud is not necessarily the right fit for all businesses, a combined approach that brings together the control and reliability offered by colocation and the visibility and flexibility of cloud might be the answer. An upcoming webinar will explore this topic of hybridization and discuss the advantages of both colocation and cloud solutions.

Earlier this month, Internap, a provider of high-performance hosting services, reported that its new “cloudy colo” capabilities are designed to deliver cloud-like remote visibility and management benefits and will bring about on-demand hybridization of cloud and colocation footprints within the data center.

Internap’s universal customer portal is capable of catering to today’s infrastructure demands and deliver cloud-like granular visibility and management of the colocation environment. With the portal companies will have more control and enjoy reduced maintenance of their data centers or remote hands services.

Internap’s on-demand hybridization is made possible by its Platform Connect service, which provides private network connectivity between multiple Internap services, including colocation, managed hosting and cloud, within the same data center.

By leveraging colocation and cloud capabilities, it really is possible to have the best of both worlds.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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