As we open on the icy expanses of the planet Hoth, the clouds clear, revealing a small, nondescript grey building. Is it a rebel fortification? An abandoned bunker? No, it’s a colocation facility housing both the Rebel Alliance and the Jedi Order’s servers. After all, when you’re battling the Galactic Empire, you need 100 percent uptime and reliable power as much as any other operation.Read More
A long time ago in a data center far, far away, users had only a handful of choices: build your own enterprise data center or house a server rack in your company’s storage closet. The hybrid options were few and far between.Read More
If there’s one need you can’t skirt around as a colocation provider, it’s rack-level power management.Read More
Originally Posted December 14, 2016 - Updated June 16, 2017
Awhile back, your business made a strategic decision to expand its data center beyond its physical borders. Now, a large amount of your servers live in hosted, third party cloud and colocation facilities around the U.S. and possibly the world.
Why did you outsource a large portion of your infrastructure? You did so to save money, increase efficiencies and establish a local presence around your key markets to reduce latency and costs when transmitting data. It made much more sense at the time to partner with companies offering premium infrastructure in managed facilities, than to expand your legacy network (and take on additional CAPEX and OPEX).Read More
While both “cloud” and “cloud-first” are the new go to IT solutions for many companies, there remain a large number of situations where a complete outsourcing of your hardware infrastructure is not practical. In that circumstance, colocation of your IT should make the short list for consideration, whether it is driven by the needs for expansion, proximity, or interconnect. Colocation offers the advantages of highly efficient buildings, support for multiple locations, and access to some of the best interconnections available in the industry.Read More