2020 Challenges Bring Network Resilience to the 2021 Business Forefront

2020 Challenges Bring Network Resilience to the 2021 Business Forefront

Businesses were already on the path to digital transformation when 2020 challenges upped the stakes. Pivoting quickly, most have increased reliance on the internet to reach online customers through virtual storefronts, deliver virtual workspaces, and connect employees working from home with collaboration tools.  Ultimately, network connectivity and network reliability became the first line of communication in order to get business done.

The technology businesses leveraged in last year’s transitional landscape were already in place before the pandemic hit.  However, the difference now is that those technologies have become a more permanent fixture – a foundation for the future.  Businesses that continue to focus on digital initiatives are future-proofing their organization and it starts with the implementation of robust digital infrastructure and connectivity solutions that can scale their enterprise in the digital age.

Let’s take a look at some of the industry changes that are leading CTOs and CIOs to examine their network resiliency:

The distributed and global workforce is here to stay.
Employers extended their office infrastructure to support remote workers, utilizing SD-Wan technologies to control security and reduce pressure on overwhelmed networks.  Now IT managers are seeking ways to standardize security and protect networks off-premise as they lean in for remote work models to stay.

Online storefronts and customer transactions exploded.
From banking to telehealth and beyond, digital engagement with customers exploded with new levels of demand.  The resulting online traffic spikes went up 70% during peak usage hours, prompting businesses to ensure their network solutions were accessible, scalable, and connectivity held up under pressure.

Data storage needs continue to increase, and hybrid models rise to the occasion.
With the proliferation of mobile solutions and software as a service (Saas) solution, touchless tech, and more, cloud applications are growing and the general data storage demand.  The efficiency of cloud-based applications connected to colocation data centers delivers prioritized solutions that cater to cost savings and workload optimization through network connectivity.

Optimal Network Resilience Is a Key Strategy To Reduce Downtime 

There are plenty of reasons that a network strategy should be a core focus this year.  Even before COVID hit, nearly one-third of all organizations lost $1 million or more to network outages each year.  Those are staggering losses.  Of course, the cost of downtime becomes even more severe with the growing dependence on dispersed network nodes and near-zero latency requirements.  Furthermore, businesses that neglect their network will struggle to stay operational and adequately serve their customers.  And the less obvious obstruction to businesses lacking a diversified network strategy is less innovation.

You can probably admit your own frustration when a video call disconnects or data transmissions lag.  So imagine the disruption with more advanced processes like self-driving cars, remote surgery, and our businesses’ reliance on the remote work model.  Data running miles apart must do so flawlessly.

Colocation Data Centers Support Network Resiliency

Our Element Critical colocation data centers offer cloud on-ramp solutions and carrier meet-me rooms that are a business resilience enabler.  Business resilience depends on utilizing secure and dependable network connectivity, with access to a larger provider framework in a marketplace where providers compete on price and services.  Colocation data centers may optimally host your servers in cabinets, cages, and suites, but our teams also play a crucial role in helping organizations appreciate the benefits of building a more resilient and diversified network.

Multiple Network Providers

Datacenter power and cooling are only one part of the puzzle.  The internet service providers, carriers, and cloud connectivity options that reside within a data center meet-me-room allow businesses to reach customers and conduct business every day.  Colocation data centers host various ISP and cloud providers within the meet-me rooms, supporting a host of choices and services for the most reliable and cost-effective IT infrastructure.

Carrier Neutral Facility

A carrier-neutral colocation facility means that independent network operators deliver connection options, so colocation customers are never locked into a single vendor or solution.  Businesses can select from a suite of connectivity options as a colocation tenant and mitigate the risk of pricing and service changes.   Essentially, new service options and diversified vendors are only a single connect away.

Hybrid Colocation Optimization

Most enterprises worldwide utilize a mix of cloud and colocation data center environments to meet their digital infrastructure needs.  Connectivity options are further enhanced by cloud on-ramp connection to these cloud providers such as Azure, AWS, Google, and more.  Businesses with platforms in the cloud and under their control in colocation data centers can optimize workloads for efficiency across their organization by securely connecting cloud and colocation workloads.

Workload Cost Savings

The hybrid model creates cost-effective solutions.  Our data demands keep growing so businesses with distributed infrastructure are better poised to meet business efficiency and resilience goals as they leverage the right size solution for each part of their company demand.  Businesses also save money with hybrid colocation solutions making it possible for IT to move data and repatriate workloads from the cloud to a colocation data center if the TCO shows better cost savings for apps running at a steady pace.


Maintaining uptime is crucial for business operations.  This is as true for network performance as it is for power and cooling performance.  Carrier-neutral colocation data centers offer a level of ISP redundancy that isn’t possible with a single provider data center or on-premises environment.  By connecting to multiple carriers across critical IT systems, businesses can ensure that another connected carrier backs up one carrier’s service outage.  Blending multiple ISPS can also provide superior security to protect businesses from crippling cyber-attacks and the devastating effects of data breaches.

Element Critical Data Centers

Element Critical Colocation Data Centers prioritize network connectivity in our colocation data centers from planning redundant fiber pathways into the building to reduce network availability disruptions to ensuring our customers have cost-efficient and reliable internet bandwidth solutions, and beyond.  We are your infrastructure solutions and network connectivity partner.  And we understand our customer’s need to recover from economic disruption and adjust to lasting changes in our social and business practices with connectivity solutions.

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