The decision to move from in-house to a co-location facility should not be a difficult one. Increasing compute power demands additional complexity, cost, capacity flexibility and scalability that do not in general warrant the risk and effort required to build and subsequently maintain an in-house facility. However it is not advisable to rush the selection of co-location provider without full due diligence to ensure you understand exactly what is involved. Cost should be low on the list. Choosing a cheap provider for the wrong reasons could be ruinously expensive and business-limiting in the long term, whereas choosing the right one should turn out to be highly cost-effective and an enabler for business growth. The key to success lies in the ability to build a trusted relationship with a co-location provider who will work with you to support your business, now and in the future.
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