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For those that are using or considering colocation, exploiting the interconnection services the provider has available, or is developing, might be a viable option. Data center interconnection is a model in which discrete assets within a multitenant data center are connected to each other directly (usually over fiber) and in a peer-to-peer fashion.

- Gartner, Infrastructure Is Everywhere: The Evolution of Data Centers, 18 July 2019, Bob Gill & David Cappuccio


Gartner - Infrastructure is Everywhere

According to Gartner, the role of I&O in the future will be to manage the global infrastructure and its associated services, moving away from only hardware and software. The end result will be an environment focused on enabling the rapid deployment of business services and deploying workloads to the right locations.

Key findings from the Gartner report:

Due to integration and connectivity, colocation and/or cloud partner ecosystems will be critical for future infrastructures.
All workloads are not equal, and proper placement is key to unlocking their true potential to the business.
Infrastructures are dynamic and must be able to change quickly, as markets and providers change
Edge and IoT deployments are stretching infrastructures, shifting priorities and adding complexity.

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