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A Simple Guide To Colocation In Miami

A Simple Guide To Colocation In Miami

Colocation delivers the scalability and flexibility of the public cloud with the customizability and long-term cost-effectiveness of private data centers. It is particularly useful in places like Miami where real-estate costs are high. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to colocation in Miami with a concise overview of its benefits and costs.

An overview of the Miami business landscape

Miami is the gateway between the USA and Latin America. People, goods, and services all flow through it on their way between the two areas. PortMiami is the largest cruise ship port in the world and has been for over a decade. It’s also one of the USA’s biggest cargo ports. Miami International Airport (MIA) also handles high volumes of both passenger traffic and cargo.

Like Florida as a whole, Miami has a significant tourist industry. This is boosted by its creative industries, particularly entertainment and fashion. It’s particularly recognized for the production of Spanish-language content, both entertainment and factual.

Additionally, Miami is home to companies from a range of industry sectors including business, finance, real estate, development, healthcare, and technology, including biotechnology. Initiatives such as the “Miami Tech” movement have helped Miami to grow as a tech hub, particularly amongst startups and entrepreneurs.

The benefits of colocation in Miami

There are five main benefits of colocation in Miami. These are as follows.

  • Easy access to a strategic location
  • Convenience
  • Scalability with customizability
  • Long-term cost-effectiveness
  • Predictable costs

In the context of colocation in Miami, probably the most important benefit is the ease of access to a strategic location. Miami has a very strong real-estate market so buying land or a building for a fully private data center requires significant upfront investment.

Businesses can avoid this by using a public cloud service provider with a presence in Miami. This is, however, unlikely to be cost-effective over the long term. It also typically limits a business’ ability to customize its IT assets.

Using colocation in Miami therefore gives businesses the best of both worlds. On the one hand, you get the low upfront cost and scalability of the public cloud. On the other hand, you get the customizability and cost-effectiveness of a private data center.

Factors influencing the cost of colocation in Miami

There are 7 main factors that influence the cost of colocation in Miami. These are as follows.

  • Location and physical space requirements
  • Tier level
  • Power requirements and energy efficiency
  • Network connectivity options
  • Security and compliance
  • On-site support and SLAs
  • Contract length and flexibility

The key to securing the best deal on colocation in Miami is to think carefully about where you need to go for more premium options and where you can afford lower-cost ones. In particular, keep in mind that there is often a strong correlation between location and network speed.

There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, colocation facilities situated in more central areas tend to be closer to users. This means that traffic only travels a shorter distance and hence flows more quickly. Secondly, colocation facilities in central areas tend to be closer to network hubs.

Choosing a provider for colocation in Miami

Choosing a provider for colocation in Miami typically starts by shortlisting vendors who can meet your practical requirements and then evaluating them for the value they offer.

Before you begin this process, you will need to define your needs, wants, priorities, and budget. In particular, you need to specify:

  • Your preferred location(s)
  • The level of resilience you need
  • The infrastructure required for the equipment you wish to use (e.g. power and connectivity)
  • Any compliance programs you need to support
  • Your service requirements (e.g. monitoring, maintenance, access to ad-hoc support)

Some of these factors may influence each other. In particular, your choice of potential locations may be heavily influenced by your network connectivity requirements.

Once you have a shortlist of vendors, the next step is to evaluate their service capabilities. At a minimum, check for (legitimate) reviews and testimonials. In addition to looking at what current and former customers have to say about them, it can be worth checking sites where employers are reviewed by their employees. Current and (especially) former employees can give invaluable insights about their (ex) employer.

If you are satisfied with all of the above, then, ideally you should visit their facilities in person and talk to as many people there as possible (technical as well as sales). This really is a strong test of any pass vendor. If they pass, then you can move to the contract-negotiation stage with confidence.

Colocation Miami

If you are looking for colocation services in Miami, DataBank is an excellent choice. DataBank has a state-of-the-art data center in Miami, which offers 11,030 square feet of raised floor space, and 1.6MW critical IT load. Learn more about DataBank’s Miami data center.

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