The Importance of a 'Connected' Data Center

By Ross Morley

The best advice ever given in real estate is to focus on ‘Location, Location, Location’. The same sentiment holds true when evaluating your options for a Colocation Data Center in a densely-populated, international business hub like Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Be at the epicentre, where everything happens.

But what comes next? The next critical differentiator regarding Colocation is how ‘connected’ your Data Center is to your End Users, Partners, and the wider world of major Internet and Cloud Exchanges.

 Let’s take a look at what that means:

Proximity to Providers: Your Colocation Data Center must be close – physically and logically – to multiple leading transit providers to support your peering requirements and to achieve the lowest possible end-to-end latency. It is best to use wire speed cross-connections to peering Partners that are routed through one or more carrier-neutral Meet-Me-Rooms (MMR) and backed up by peering with TORIX, the heart of Canada’s public networks. These extremely low-latency direct fiber connections to MMRs are critical to your service delivery objectives.

151 Front St. West: This is Canada’s premier carrier hotel with the most extensive MMRs in Canada. All major communications players have a presence here and you’ll want to connect to them either directly via the MMR or publicly, through TORIX. The problem is, 151 Front is just shy of 100% capacity because demand for and desirability of this location is at a premium. If your Colocation Data Center does not actually reside at 151 Front, you should at minimum ensure that it is connected to 151 Front and its residents via high-capacity, diversely-routed, redundant fiber connections. This important feature gives you the opportunity to choose from a variety of Internet transit providers and to structure your network for the lowest latency possible in the area, even if you can’t actually be in 151 Front.

Now that you’ve chosen a connected Data Center, how do you further capitalize on all that it has to offer?

Anchoring your organization’s application clusters is a good start but there are other, easy wins that you can score with:
•Re-homing your WAN to position your application clusters at the core to reduce latency, jitter and packet loss to as close to zero as technically possible;
•Re-engineering your Internet-based network as a totally scalable Private MPLS WAN to improve privacy, security, manageability and performance outward from the core;
•Re-designing and simplifying your exposure to public Internet with a single (or double for redundancy) high-capacity Internet access at the core, protected by a robust Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution, centralized to reduce cost and improve manageability; and
•Deploying your organization’s VoIP & Unified Communications services directly off your WAN hub for top quality performance at wire speeds.

To summarize, choosing a ‘connected’ Colocation Data Center is your first confident step towards building out infrastructure that guarantees your Users and Clients a smooth, uninterrupted experience, and the assurance of scalability to handle business growth effortlessly into the foreseeable future. Once you have selected your connected Data Center, you are ready to leverage the utility of this connection for improved privacy, security, manageable scalability – and all at wire speed.

If you have any questions please contact us via the web form provided and we'll send you the Data Center Guide, which includes a checklist that will assist you in determining the best way to address your data storage and management requirements, and evaluate different Colocation Data Center facilities. Get Connected!