Co-Lo offers an ideal environment for the same type of workloads that are best suited to self-run private clouds:
• Customized line-of-business applications
• Data and applications with high security and compliance requirements
• Cloud initiatives where you have recently made large on-premise investments
• Workloads that require a high degree of control
• Mission-critical workloads
Co-Lo private clouds are typically capital-heavy, but some of the capital requirements around facilities are converted to operating expense as part of the services contract with the provider.
Control: You remain the primary controller of the environment. No significant IT operations changes are required.
Security: Because the infrastructure is dedicated to your deployment, you are able to establish your own security and compliance standards, as well as enforce and measure them.
Flexibility: Because it’s your environment, you have more ability to customize it than with other cloud technologies.
Management: The provider supplies location, power, and connectivity, and everything else is the responsibility of the organization.
Resilience: Co-Lo providers specialize in supporting stringent uptime standards. Resilience is one of the main reasons organizations consider Co-Lo private clouds versus maintaining their own datacenter.
Elasticity: If you need to rapidly expand your capacity beyond current levels, it will require you to provision the additional resources required. In addition, you will always be maintaining your maximum capacity.
Mobility: The technological capabilities are available to provide mobile access, but you are responsible for setting up and providing the desired mobile access.