Colocation Selection and Procurement Best Practices — Part 2

Provided by Mission Critical

Learning Objectives:

  1. Outline the RFP process (obtain NDAs, prepare documents, distribute to candidates, and answer questions).
  2. Identify the two main objectives of an RFP.
  3. Explore how to forecast future power usage when evaluating contracts.
  4. Describe the importance of capturing terms in clear, enforceable language.


1 AIA LU/Elective
1 PDH*

Below are a set of links to articles from Mission Critical. Click on each link below to read the articles and then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

How To Down-Select Colocation Candidates
To shortlist the options, users generally evaluate colo candidates on 12 attributes, including capacity, reliability, efficiency, telecom, risk avoidance, managed services, financial stability, expertise, and costs.
Kirk Killian

How to Navigate the RFP Process in Colocation Procurement
The RFP process combines distinct phases, including obtaining nondisclosure agreements, preparing the RFP documents, distributing RFPs to selected candidates, and answering questions about project requirements.
Kirk Killian

How to Evaluate Colocation Proposals
This article assumes that enterprises have recently distributed requests for proposals to several colo providers, and they are now reviewing the submitted proposals.
Kirk Killian


Originally published in Mission Critical
Originally published in September 2021