Considering whether to build or expand your data center or relocate your IT systems to a colocation facility? In almost all cases, colocation is the better choice; especially for small to medium requirements. One reason is the cost and major capital expenditures required to build out a data center – even if only for a few cabinets – and to ensure it is secure.

Here’s what’s necessary:

  • Redundant Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)
  • Redundant fuel powered Generators
  • Redundant Air Conditioning systems
  • Fire Suppression systems
  • 24/7 Security Systems with Video Monitoring
  • Network Switching Systems, Power Distribution Units, Cabling Systems
  • Monitoring and Alert Systems
  • Multiple Internet carriers (for redundancy)
  • Knowledgeable personnel to operate the data center
  • Certifications for the data center such as SSAE-18 (SOC 1 Type 2)

There are additional considerations for companies located in Connecticut that make the colocation case even more compelling:


Conditions In CTImpact on Data Center Build/Colo DecisionFavors
Cost of living is very highHard to hire and retain IT infrastructure expertsColo
Many financial services cosTargeted by cyber criminals, need top securityColo
Real Estate very expensiveTo Build, cost is higher, ROI longerColo
Compliance RequirementsRequire secure facilities with proper certificationsColo