IT organizations are seeking to transform their traditional colocation environments with "cloudy colo" capabilities, according to a survey by Internap Network Services.
Such features as automation, self-service, detailed real-time insights and remote manageability deliver hybridization with cloud services as well as cloud-like visibility and control.
Internap polled more than 100 IT decision makers in the US who are responsible for purchasing a range of IT infrastructure services from colocation to cloud and hosting.
The company said that although cloud adoption is on the rise, colocation will remain an important IT infrastructure option, citing projections by 451 Research that demand will outpace supply in most of the top 10 markets through 2014.
Specifically, respondents showed strong interest in accessing the following cloud-like colocation services via a unified online portal to provide enhanced visibility, streamlined management and improved cost control.
These are bandwidth monitoring (88%), power utilization (85%), equipment reboot (77%), server health monitoring (76%), hybridization with cloud and other IT infrastructure services (72%), and inventory management (67%).
Also, the survey showed that 57% of respondents are interested in a hybrid IT infrastructure environment that includes a mix of colocation, cloud and hosting services to meet a range of application and use case requirements.
This builds on the finding that nearly three-quarters (72%) of respondents are seeking a unified view and seamless management of their entire IT Infrastructure ecosystem.