Data center strategies are less about infrastructure and more about business requirements and helping the organization efficiently and effectively deliver services. Colocation plays a strategic part in cloud adoption and exploiting new business models spurring businesses to outsource to vendors who can provide support in managing and connecting multiple environments, offering a robust mix of managed services that assist with longer term strategies, and vendors who take a consultative approach building a true partnership.  This requires Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) to work with multiple layers of the business. 

Network connectivity will play a crucial role to connect various environments and companies should seek providers who have strong connectivity or network services between their facilities, customer premises, cloud environments, and more.