Enterprises may become increasingly interested in data center colocation and amenities such as desktop-as-a-service, dedicated hosting and video conferencing in 2014. The data center colocation market is set for solid growth, and providers such as NaviSite are upgrading their solutions to keep up with demand.

NaviSite recently announced that it would be integrating technologies such as SuperBlade servers from Supermicro, a Seagate Cloud Builder Alliance partner, into its dedicated hosting offerings. NaviSite cited the high performance, density and availability of Supermicro’s appliances, which have the additional advantage of featuring green servers that lower HVAC costs and emissions.

“Our dedicated hosting solutions feature best-in-class hardware to ensure high performance and SuperBlade was an obvious choice,” said Sumeet Sabharwal, senior vice president of dedicated hosting at NaviSite. “Supermicro delivers quality features like 3 Plus 1 redundant power supplies to ensure that the server is always working. Our goal is to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to SMBs through our dedicated hosting solutions and adding the SuperBlades to our offering is a significant step towards this direction.”

SuperMicro’s combination of top-shelf performance and energy efficiency will be a key asset for NaviSite’s business going forward. The appliances’ sophisticated cooling systems, high peak power supply efficiency and notable performance-per-watt, as well as its current Ethernet controllers and Intel processors, make them an ideal fit for dedicating hosting. The SuperBlade servers will work alongside Linux and VMware ESX.

The boost from SuperMicro’s servers comes at a good time, as there may be an uptick in demand for NaviSite services such as colocation and DaaS, in addition to dedicated hosting. In the U.K., the data center colocation market is set to expand at a 14.4 percent compound annual growth rate until 2018. The increasing complexity of network infrastructure is driving much of this demand. At the same time, DaaS may be following a similar trajectory to hosted VoIP, making inroads in the enterprise as companies seek better experiences and lower costs.

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