COLO - The Third ECM Alternative (Discussion)

Marketing Team - Thursday, March 26, 2015

One of the questions that I often run into when discussing the implementation of an Enterprise Content Management System is “What are our choices in deploying the solution?”

My response has been a) that you can deploy on in house servers, utilizing concurrent licensing, your own MS SQL Server License and your own firewalls, or b) use the solution via a secure hosted environment, provided by the software vendor. Both offer their own benefits.

Last week I visited CoreSite, a colocation provider with sites in Southern California, Northern California, New York and Virginia. While taking a tour of their 500,000 square foot facility, I realized that utilizing a “Colo” could serve as a third alternative for a content management deployment.

In this scenario, the customer would house their servers in the colocation, utilizing the existing communications bandwidth (you can buy rent as much as you want), their electricity, which is balanced and redundant, and their services to maintain the hardware, if you choose. One of the bigger advantages to this is that the facility has an uptime rating of 6 “9”s, meaning a virtually “never down” environment. What you are doing is renting a highly secure space for your systems.

This might be interesting for those organizations that do not have the space or the IT staff or know how to deploy and run the required secure infrastructure required for a content management system.   More specific information is available upon request.


Larry D. Cohn

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

HSMG, a Western Integrated Systems Company

438 E. Katella Avenue

Suite 230

Orange, CA 92867

Office (714) 997-3700

Mobile (714) 328-3844

Fax (714)  997-3930

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