How to choose a colocation data centre: A UK guide

A UK guide detailing common mistakes to avoid when deciding which colocation data centre provider to work with.

The decision to use colocation data centre services shouldn't be taken lightly. Choosing the wrong provider, suffering outages and running services from an amateur-looking environment could not only cost you financially but also damage your professional reputation.

To avoid mistakes, that are so often made by colocation data centre service virgins, our expert Mike Laverick has put together a three-part series based on his own experiences when selecting a colocation provider.



Expert Advice

Part 1: Common mistakes to avoid when choosing a colocation data centre
When it comes to cheap colocation services, virtual data centre expert  Mike Laverick shares mistakes he's made when selecting a hosting company.

Part 2: The wrong colocation data centre provider: A nightmare tale
There are several key points to bear in mind when selecting a colocation data centre provider. Here our expert reveals mistake he's made in the past and how to avoid them.

Part 3: How to recognise bad colocation data centre providers
Study this checklist of things to look for when  researching a new colocation data centre provider.


Mike Laverick

Mike Laverick is a professional instructor with 15 years of experience with technologies such as Novell, Windows and Citrix and has been involved with the VMware community since 2003. Laverick is a VMware forum moderator and member of the London VMware User Group Steering Committee. In addition to teaching, Laverick is the owner and author of the virtualisation website and blog RTFM Education, where he publishes free guides and utilities aimed at VMware ESX/VirtualCenter users. In 2009, Laverick received the VMware vExpert award and helped found the Irish and Scottish user groups. Laverick has had books published on VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3, VMware vSphere 4 and VMware Site Recovery Manager.


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