Data center and colocation infrastructure projects require a sizable investment, considerable planning and design, and data-driven objectivity to determine which provider will serve the overall business objectives. In addition to the standard criteria such as physical location of the data center, space and power, and price, data center decisions are also reliant upon connectivity options. The ability to integrate disparate elements of IT infrastructure is vital in launching a purpose-built data center or colocation environment that addresses performance and end user requirements.

For enterprises with dynamic IT environments, it's important to consider all options for data center space and the associated telecom connectivity. NEF offers expertise in planning, designing and deploying data center and colocation solutions as well as tying in high bandwidth networks. NEF uses proprietary data and research to develop multiple options, compare costs, and negotiate optimal terms to deliver a complete colocation or data center solution.

NEF also leverages long-standing relationships with data center providers to get responsive service and preferred pricing that is often unavailable to a single enterprise end user. Moreover, NEF's niche expertise in telecom means clients get an integrated platform that ensures the data center and telecom needs align to deliver the total solution.

Before selecting a data center or colocation option, talk with a data center specialist at NEF today.

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Space & Power

While choosing space and power may seem like a straightforward selection exercise, there are several factors that impact a company’s colocation infrastructure from specialized power-intensive equipment to governance restrictions to connectivity requirements. These complexities often add time and difficulty to the data center evaluation process.

Primary / Secondary

A well-planned primary/secondary data center architecture is driven by a number of requirements, all of which have sizable implications for performance. When companies require primary and secondary data centers, they are confronted with many considerations and can benefit from experienced advisement.

Data Center Connectivity

Connectivity is an important consideration in a data center environment, whether for an established data center or a new site. Without ample carrier options and alternate access providers, the data center becomes an island, incapable of supporting the robust infrastructure most enterprises require to remain competitive.

Performance Hubs

When looking to deliver an optimal end-user experience, companies rely on delivering relevant content in an efficient manner. Performance hubs enable businesses to do just that, but there are important considerations before establishing a performance hub.

Colocation Planning Matrix

There are many factors that go into assessing data center facilities. For many companies, the most challenging aspect of the selection process is knowing where to start.

NEF’s team of world-class analysts have developed a battle-tested process for identifying the right data center to fit specific business, technical and end-user needs. This comprehensive site selection matrix is the starting point.



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NEF is the real deal. I was more than impressed with the real world presentation they gave to us and level of detail and knowledge they had on the physical spaces and how the fiber runs…They’ve been a bright spot in getting this data center up and running.

EDF Energy Services

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Cushman & Wakefield

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Skybox Datacenters

Didja operates a hybrid cloud (AWS and a multi-city data center ops) to support millions of consumer operations for TV Apps. NEF designed a completely diverse network for us and helped establish a Border Gateway Protocol for network failover, ensuring 100% uptime. We look forward to continuing to work with NEF as we expand into additional markets, delivering content closer to our end users over a low-latency, failsafe connection.

Didja, Inc.

Working with multiple vendors on a project like this is not easy, and we were fortunate to have a tenacious resource like NEF to pull the parts together, cut through the red tape and complete the project.

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