Colocation is a type of data center where equipment, space, and bandwidth are available for rental. Colocation facilities provide space, power, cooling, and physical security for the server, storage, and networking equipment of other firms and also connect them to a variety of telecommunications and network service providers with a minimum of cost and complexity.
Colocation services help you to safeguard mission-critical data with the highest levels of security and operational reliability with industry-leading uptime SLA's of up to 100%.
Many colocation providers sell to a wide range of customers, ranging from large enterprises to small companies Typically, the customer owns the IT equipment and the facility provides power and cooling. Customers retain control over the design and usage of their equipment, but daily management of the data center and facility are overseen by the multi-tenant colocation provider.
- Cabinets – A cabinet is a locking unit that holds a server rack. In a multi-tenant data center, servers within cabinets share floor space with other tenants, in addition to sharing power and cooling infrastructure.
- Cages – A cage is dedicated server space within a traditional data center; it is surrounded by mesh walls and entered through a locking door. Cages share power and cooling infrastructure with other data center tenants.
- Suites – A suite is a dedicated, private server space within a data center; it is fully enclosed by solid partitions and entered through a locking door. Suites may share power and cooling infrastructure with other data center tenants, or have these resources provided on a dedicated basis.