Enterprises embarking on the selection process for a co-location vendor find it difficult to sort through the commoditized services offered by vendors. While most organizations begin co-location engagements on a basic level of service, it is important to evaluate the vendor’s services as a whole. Many organizations find themselves tied to a vendor that cannot support their growth and future service needs, which results in the need to change vendors and incur switching costs. Whether or not recovery services are required at the time of selection, they are important for IT to include in the evaluation process in case of future requirements.

Organizations looking specifically for co-location of recovery services, or just basic co-location services can benefit from including recovery services selection criteria in co-location vendor evaluation. Use such criteria to:

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