Study Shows Network Connectivity Still Chief Among Data Center Concerns


Driven by cloud computing, increased amounts of critical business data and other bandwidth requirements that must somehow be accommodated, data centers continue to list connectivity at the top of their list of business concerns. In fact, a new study conducted by Forrester for Digital Realty revealed that 82 percent of companies consider carrier availability and density their most urgent data center issues. 



Marketplace News Author: Mary Stanhope, Vice President of Product and Marketing

Driven by cloud computing, increased amounts of critical business data and other bandwidth requirements that must somehow be accommodated, data centers continue to list connectivity at the top of their list of business concerns. In fact, a new study conducted by Forrester for Digital Realty revealed that 82 percent of companies consider carrier availability and density their most urgent data center issues.  

Coming in a close second, with 80 percent of respondents calling it a “primary cause of concern,” was availability of the data center itself. Rounding out the paramount concerns were level of facility control (78 percent) and access to the cloud and other partners (75 percent).

“The priority issues data centers must resolve are power, space, cooling and connectivity,” added Digital Realty Interim CEO Bill Stein. With consumers increasingly looking for a single source to supply all their data center requirements, strategic partnerships with cloud, network and managed service providers will abound, with access to cloud storage for information databases the key data center demand driver.

For years, data centers were forced to dable on the edges of a complex, fragmented market as they worked to accurately design and price access network connectivity. With Global Capacity’s One Marketplace platform, however, these businesses now gain increased market opportunity with:

  • Visibility into business location with competitive market rates and network availability for informed and efficient connectivity buying decisions
  • Automated pricing, ordering and provisioning across multiple access network solutions—simplifying the procurement of connectivity services
  • Essential connectivity to and from other data centers and carrier hotels, colocation facilities, and end customer locations
  • Access to a full suite of Field, Engineering and Remote Management Services to execute the best network experience in connecting to applications and cloud services located in facilities

“Since our founding, Equinix has optimized network infrastructure. Our dense interconnection platform includes nearly 100 data centers around the world and 4,000 customers. The relationship with Global Capacity will enable us to support our customers’ strategies for cloud and network connectivity,” said Jim Poole, General Manager, Global Networks & Mobility for Equinix.

Solution and IT directors may be facing increasingly complex connectivity challenges today, but they can quickly adopt low risk solutions that help them effectively meet those demands. Click here to learn more about what One Marketplace can do for you.

Global Capacity is the leading connectivity as a service company that improves the efficiency and reduces the cost of data network services globally. No one provider has a ubiquitous footprint, through its innovative One Marketplace, Global Capacity brings together customers and suppliers through an automated platform that provides ubiquitous access network solutions that deliver on its brand promise of Connectivity Made Simple.


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