What are the Different Types of Data Center Facilities?

Data centers are buildings that host servers, network, and storage hardware. This facility also hosts a range of other systems, including security, network connectivity, and electrical/mechanical systems (MEP). However, there are many different types of data center facilities.  In this article, we will explore some of the common data center facility types and the characteristics of each.

In-House Data Center

Large organizations like to ensure that their data remains on-site at all times, particularly in the technology industry. For this reason, they will often design, build, and operate their own in-house data center to keep their information close to home. Ultimately, the capabilities and scope of an in-house data center will depend on the allotted budget given throughout the process.  In recent years due to the high cost of building and operating these facilities, large organizations are considering options to outsource the data center.  Many of these options are discussed below.

Dedicated Hosting 

With dedicated hosting solutions, providers will rent compute capacity to a customer. The compute services are dedicated to the customer, but are entirely managed and maintained by the vendor. If you need assistance, some dedicated hosting providers will allow add-on services known as “remote hands and feet” to perform upgrades or re-boot servers when necessary.

Shared Hosting  

Like website servers that often house several different websites on one server, shared hosting centers provide shared compute resources to companies of all sizes. The services are most often provided by big-name hosting companies and allow for multi-tenant services. In most cases, providers will develop a user interface that overlays with their physical services.

Colocation Data Center 

While it may seem like an approach fitting for start-ups, even some Fortune 500 companies use collocation data centers. These are generally large scale facilities (>100,000 sq ft) that provide caged off space for customers. While the customer still provides and maintains their own hardware, the facility maintenance (MEP) will be handled by the provider.  The service is typically priced on a cost per rack, cost per square foot, or cost per kW basis, plus any data circuit costs.

Managed Services

In a managed service facility, the provider owns and operates the compute environment for the customers. Administrative and engineering services may or may not be included. Managed services can vary widely depending on the needs of a business. Each customer is a custom quote or price, depending on the service levels, response times, and other business expectations.

Why Choose Excipio?

As a wide variety of data center facility strategies to consider. If you are interested in learning more or need help to determine which is the right fit for your business’ unique needs, the team at Excipio is here to help. Take advantage of our experience and knowledge to help find the best data solution possible for your business. Contact us today to get started! 

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