How Standardization Supports QTS’ 3-in-1 Colocation Model

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How many times have you heard this one? There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to data centers. It may be an old cliché, but the idea applies now more than ever. That’s why the need to offer different types of colocation models is so imperative.

The speed of business is surpassing the enterprise’s ability to scale; meeting customer expectations takes aggregating and analyzing tons of data, and IT resources are needed for more strategic work. Keeping up and, more importantly, getting ahead, calls for data center standardization for speed to market.

Speed to Market

Whether through custom data centers, traditional colocation or public and private cloud, it’s key that colocation providers help customers mitigate today’s business pressures. By providing different data center types in the same facility as QTS does, you can create the right model and deploy the optimal combination of approaches for organizations of all sizes.

To successfully deploy different colocation models, the standardization of infrastructure becomes increasingly critical. QTS has taken this approach, working with Schneider Electric for full standardization of our portfolio, integrated for a seamless business delivery. Ultimately, each of our data center facilities will look, feel and function alike. For our customers, that means a proven foundation, consistent high levels of service and ever-improving speed to market.

Using this standardized model approach, we’ve already seen drastically reduced deployment times. But while speed to market will always be a priority, before making a change at existing sites, we look to Schneider Electric to assist with calculating the tradeoff first.

If we want to add equipment or implement a new system, the Schneider Electric team answers questions such as: Will the change deliver the expected outcome? How much time would installing the equipment add to the final deployment? Can a system already in place produce the same result for less?

As we see success by standardizing our data center infrastructure, we continue to look for additional ways of increasing our efficiency, such as Schneider Electric’s Building Management System (BMS) to better acquire, analyze and act on the facilities’ data. For full details of our partnership and to see what equipment has enabled us to standardize, read our case study or watch the video: Standardization for Speed.


Nathan Hazelwood

About the Author:

Nathan Hazelwood – Director of Strategic Procurement, QTS
Nathan manages the development and implementation of QTS’ strategic procurement program across the company’s full data center portfolio.  Among his key responsibilities is driving consistency in equipment and processes through standardization to deliver best-in-class data centers.   Nathan is a data center industry veteran, with previous positions at CyrusOne and Critical Project Services.