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Data Centre Connectivity – how much choice is really on offer?

Posted by Volta Newsroom on 09-Mar-2015 15:18:00

Data_Centre_Power_Outage-125475-editedWhen it comes to connectivity, most organisations now recognise the importance of a carrier neutral data centre. However, while the list of possible connections available may look compelling – some data centres boast numerous carriers – it is important to look beyond the top line promises. This is because telcos routinely route traffic over each other’s physical networks, often just reselling each other’s services. So if a company opts for a connection from a given provider, the chances are that the traffic is routed over networks belonging to a variety of other telcos.

This is a great model for creating competition and offering choice. However, it is not so good for resilience – especially if an organisation selects primary and secondary connections from different carriers that are actually routed over the same physical infrastructure from a Tier 1 provider such as BT or Level 3. If anything happens to damage that physical cable, both connections will fail.

Before making the data centre decision, therefore, it is essential to ask some pertinent questions such as:

  1. Does the data centre have a relationship with your company’s incumbent WAN provider?
  2. How many diverse entry points are there into the data centre building?
  3. How many Tier 1 providers & how many Tier 2 providers are there – and which is the underpinning carrier network being used by each?
  4. How much will it cost to get a connection from your office location to the data centre?
  5. What are the options for connectivity outside the UK – to Europe, the US and/or Asia Pacific?

If you are looking to host services in a data centre, determining the true quality of the carriers on offer should be an essential component of any decision making process. Keep in mind that a truly carrier neutral data centre means that you can connect to a bunch of different providers and networks, adding to the overall robustness and resilience of your network.




With these and the other key questions answered, you will be able to find the right data centre for your business and understand how to maintain the benefits delivered from your new partnership. For more information on how to choose the right data centre for your business and what to do after you have found the right data centre, download our “10 questions to ask when choosing the right data centre” eBook HERE


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