Many reports say that a colocation in Vietnam market where complicated hybrid IT environments are becoming the norm.
More companies than ever seem wise to the benefits of this model, and more willing to make it a factor in their data center (DC) sourcing decisions. If this describes you, here are a couple of our recommendations for choosing a vendor in the hybrid DC era.
- Choose vendors that are committed to colocation
As the way we consume IT evolves, so too are the competitive dynamics of the DC market shifting, the report states. With cloud on the rise and trends like internet of things nudging sourcing decisions in new directions, many traditional vendors are branching out into cloud and managed services to stand out from the competition. Common value-add offerings include application services, security services and premium 24-hour support.
On the surface, this sounds like a good deal for buyers – and it is, to an extent – but there is also the risk to consider that some vendors may ultimately abandon Vietnam colocation as a core providing, which means higher costs and more uncertainty for companies that need only rack space.
Intrinsically, it is necessary for buyers who fit this profile to ensure that suppliers can still provide stability and cost-efficiency to those clients with a colocation-only IT strategy – even as the wider DC market evolves to include a range of managed hosting services, and vendors vie to present themselves as a one-stop shop.
- Know DC comprehensively
As vendors fight it out to be chosen as their customers’ primary website, it is necessary for buyers to be informed on the factors that really affect the quality of a DC, and able to distinguish marketing claims from the reality when it comes to issues like security and resilience.
For instance, whilst the 451 Research report shows almost four-fifths of buyers consider uptime track record a key factor in their choice of DC, around 20% are unaware what level of power or cooling redundancy they actually need for optimal uptime. This suggests there is a knowledge gap holding a significant number of companies back from making the best possible DC sourcing decisions for their business.
In order to choose a primary site that will not let you down, it is necessary to get under the skin of the colocation Vietnam Ho Chi Minh. By doing that, you can get more precious information about your provider’ service behind vague public relations claims. In some cases, it may even be worth looking past the comfort factor provided by accreditations and asking for any quality stamps to be substantiated with documentation and demonstrable expertise.
Even as we move into an era of hybrid IT and greater focus on supplier diversity, your primary DC still has a business-critical role to play. And, to choose a facility that fulfils that role to best possible standard, there is no substitute for a sophisticated understanding of DC management and engineering.