As such it is a market that is growing overall and will certainly continue to do so in the short-to-medium term.
Nevertheless, providers of collocation services face a number of challenges as well as opportunities.
These encompass business issues such as the changing face of those who purchase their services and the structure of the colocation industry itself as well as technical requirements which include Edge Computing, Cloud Computing and the impact of data centre infrastructure management DCIM software.
In earlier times they tended to be procurement or facilities professionals; today they may be an IT manager, a chief information officer CIO or increasingly a business executive which could have a rank as high as Chief Financial Officer CFO or Chief Executive, depending on the business requirement.
There are even new roles emerging such as Chief Digital Officer CDO an executive in charge of digital strategies, and usually the change management associated with them, throughout an organisation.
The concerns of IT managers, and the vocabulary they use to express them, may be very different from those of CIOs, CEOs and CDOs.