Our need to want and then have instant access to information is unprecedented in history. It has compelled most of the data to be moved to digital platforms and servers. There is one problem however. Although the data has gone digital, it still has to be stored on servers that are physical equipment and being such, they have to be stored as carefully as global gold reserves. This is where collocation steps in. The concept has taken the world by storm.
About 59% of all global revenue generated through collocation is from 20 major cities and Toronto is one of them. Other cities like Ontario and Montreal are also making major ripples in the pond and shaping world dynamics substantially.
There are a wide range of businesses that can benefit from colocation services in Canada. Here are just a few examples:
Software development businesses are entirely data storage and management entities. They amounts of digital data they hold means that they require a large number of servers and storing them can sometimes be a nightmare for the business themselves. Colocation services provide a physically and digitally secure location to hold these servers at a fraction of the cost.
Experts believe that online stores will phase out retail stores in the next decade. Amazon, a company worth more than $400 billion today is an online store and its founder, Jeff Bezos is one of the richest people in the world. The eCommerce giant ships an estimated 1.6 million packages everyday only through online orders. Where do you think all of this data is stored? Online stores require huge server rooms to hold all this information and colocation is extremely beneficial to them.
Heavy machinery manufacturers
Giants like Caterpillar acquire colocation services to hold the servers that hold hordes of their digital data.
Electrical equipment manufacturers
Companies like Daikin and Hitachi produce various electrical products like HVAC systems, televisions, refrigerators and the like. Information regarding components required and units produced are stored online and communicated over digital airwaves making them another industry that has utility of colocation services.
Logistics service providers
Logistics companies rely on a lot of paperwork, which makes processes extremely slow. Now, however they are moving to digital mediums too and with this move, their needs for servers and places to hold these servers is growing. Managed Colocation again can prove to be extremely beneficial for these companies allowing them to focus on their day to day operations without going through the hassle of maintaining large server rooms with separate departments and staff.
Large retail stores
Although predicted to phase out in the next decade, retail stores today are sizeable entities that have a substantial amount of information stored digitally. Inventory details, customer purchases etc, are just a few examples of what stores have to process in terms of information. Depending on the size of such a business colocation can be beneficial for them in terms of saved costs and resources.
Colocation is a booming industry around the world and given its benefits, it is not hard to see why. With an enormous amount of industries that can benefit from it, the future looks promising.