What is colocation in a data center? What is Colocation? A colocation data center is a physical facility that offers space with the proper power, cooling and security to host businesses’ computing hardware and servers. This capacity includes anything from cabinets to cages or private suites.
What is the difference between a data center and a colocation? A data centre is a purpose-built facility designed to efficiently store, power, cool and connect your IT infrastructure. Colocation is one of many services data centres provide, and is the act of hosting your IT hardware (like servers) outside of your premises and in a data centre.
Who is the largest data center provider? #1) Equinix
Equinix was founded in 1998. Its headquarters is located in Redwood City, California, USA. The company had 7273 employees as of 2017 and serves 24 countries including the UK and the USA. It has a vast network of 202 data centers around the world, with 12 more being installed.
How do I choose a colocation provider?
- Power density. Understand how much power — in kilowatts or even megawatts — the colocation provider can deliver, and discuss the power and cooling requirements clearly.
- Floor space.
- WAN redundancy.
- Contract and SLA flexibility.