What questions do you need to ask about a connection when reviewing a data center?

Whether the request is an Internet connection for cloud-based applications or a link to a private WAN, most organizations now recognize the importance of supplier's intermediate data center. However, while the list of available connections may look appealing – some data centers boast there are hundreds of transports – it is important to overcome the top promises.

When it comes to organizations that connect the data center there are diverse requirements, from the cost to quality of service, and options are key. But what does the choice really mean? Telcos regularly routed traffic on the physical networks of each other – really, often only resell the services of each other. So if a company chooses to connect from a certain provider, the opportunity is that the traffic is routed through networks belonging to a variety of other telecom companies.
This is a great model to create competitive choices and offers, with suppliers of Level 2 aggregate services from the Tier 1 vendors different to provide service level agreements (SLA) and other cost models Each other. However, it is not good for the ability to recover – especially if a company selects primary and secondary connectivity from various vendors actually being routed on the same facilities from the 1st level provider such as BT or Level 3. If there is anything that happens to damage that physical cables – from the roadworks onwards – both connections won't succeed.

"While the list of connections may seem promising, it is important to look beyond the top promise”

Before making the decision of the data center, it is important to ask a few appropriate questions, from the number of different points to the building to the number of Tier 1 and Tier 2 vendors that are providing connections in the data center.
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So you need to ask questions?

What questions do you need to ask about a connection when reviewing a data center?
1. The first question for most organizations is whether the data center has a relationship with an existing WAN provider. If so, it will be easy to connect to the network and operation quickly. Otherwise, there will be some challenges facing that service provider in generating links to the data center that can dramatically increase costs.

2. How many different points in the data center? Don't just assume that because a data center provider boasts hundreds of relationship-transport relationships that have multiple different physical connections: Actually, many data centers only have two. As a result, limited choices and service providers will be restricted in the SLA that they can provide simply due to the limitations of infrastructure.

3. How many provider levels 1 and the number of provider 2 are there – and which service provider network is being used by each provider? A) to ensure the ability to recover, an organization needs to use different infrastructure into buildings at different points. b) To ensure the selection of a data center is not only a lot of points in that there are also many second-level shipping relationships that will allow both competition and the cost/quality of different service packs to meet the requirements Business diversity.
4. How much money does it take to connect from your office location to the data center? For example, to get a 10GB connection from a London central office to an office outside the M25 would have more substantial costs, compared to the connection with a central London data center located just nearby.
5. Connection options outside the UK-to Europe, what is the US and/or the Asia Pacific? Depending on both the current and anticipated business requirements, access to mobile carriers has excellent international connectivity that can be an important factor.
Plan ahead
Although organizations often only consider WAN suppliers after every three to five years, it is important to remember that data center relationships can take longer. What happens during the three-year period if the company decides to change the service provider to the WAN network and the new provider has no relationship with the data center? Although the new service provider can connect to an existing service in the data center, the process will not be simple and the company may incur additional cost-expenses that may undermine business cases related to the decision Provider. Ensuring the data center has a variety of Tier 1 and Tier 2 vendors on board are the key to avoid additional costs or restrict the service provider options further down the line.

 "Expecting a data center will add supplier relationships during your tenure with them is a bit risky”

Indeed, in the typical life of the data center relationship, the organization's connection requirements will develop in accordance with the changes of the business from the company seeking to add the cloud service to the open managed service provider Broad to new markets. Hopefully, a data center will add the relationship of the service provider during this time there may be a bit of risk – especially when it comes to acute 1-key relationships that complement the likelihood of recovery.
The truth is that once a data center is set out, adding new physical connections is very easy: it suffered every cost, the complexity and the legal provisions of the digging up the path to put fiber. So if a data center today only provides two physical connections to the building, the possibility is that the two are all it will ever offer. And that might be good; It will still allow some level 2 vendors to offer various services on the infrastructure – but it's limited to the company's options for longer periods.
From the ability to recover from the cost, selection of service quality, determining the exact quality of the supplier's relationship with the data center today must be an essential component of any decision-making process.

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