Data Center Colocation is Booming

DSC_0509451 Research recently released it’s latest report on the state of the data center colocation industry. The main takeaway from the report is that data center colocation will be a $33 billion dollar a year business by 2018.

Who stands to gain from data center colocation and why is the market booming? Let’s take a closer look at each of these topics in order gain clarity on the state of the data center colocation market.

Onsite vs. Colocation vs. Cloud

Now more than ever, organizations are finding that data center colocation gives their business more flexibility in deploying hardware and managing servers.

Onsite data centers have proven to be costly while cloud gives organizations the ability to buy infrastructure on a per minute basis. The happy medium between onsite and cloud is colocated servers in strategic geographic location. Businesses are rapidly moving their workloads into colocated data centers for a variety of reasons.

One big reason that organizations have given colocation a second look is the fact that colocated data centers are carrier neutral, giving your end users amenities such as a faster connection to website applications, a lower ping time to the outside world and lower latency on the apps that your business hosts.

Build Your Own Cloud Using Colocation

openstack-private-cloudThe biggest barrier to entry for public cloud computing is security. After all, if your business is renting someone else’s equipment just as you would with any IaaS provider, how do you know exactly where your data resides?

Colocation gives businesses the ability to deploy their own cloud using customized security policies. Open source cloud platforms such as OpenStack are free to deploy while more proprietary cloud stacks such as Azure stack and Eucalyptus can also be configured.

When your business provides its own hardware, rents space in a colocation facility and sets up its own cloud using a suite such as OpenStack, this setup is referred to as a private cloud. With a private cloud, your organization owns the hardware and pays the colocation leasing fees while end users can spin up servers and request additional storage space on the fly.

Hybrid Cloud is a Motivating Factor for Colocated Data Centers

While many organizations prefer to use their own hardware, IaaS definitely has a place in today’s ever-changing technical landscape. As a result, businesses are increasingly using colocated data centers to host their private cloud infrastructure while simultaneously connecting that infrastructure to public cloud infrastructure.

The end result is a hybrid cloud infrastructure. Hybrid cloud uses both public and private cloud hosting simultaneously. The advantage to hosting your private cloud in a colocation data center is the 100% network availability guarantee and the ability to retain full control over the data center hardware that you deploy.

Emerging Data Center Technologies That You Should Know About

It wasn’t that long ago when large mainframe computing terminals took up the lionshare of colocated data centers around the world. We’ve come along way since then and as a result, colocated data centers have become somewhat of a 21st century engineering marvel.

Data center architects must keep the industry’s best practices in mind while simultaneously devising new methods of efficiently providing power and cooling to the facility. Let’s take a closer look at some of the emerging data center technologies being presented in the market today.

Floating Data Centers

nautilus-barge-webData centers must utilize the free cooling techniques available to them in order to become energy efficient. With water covering over 70% of the planet, data center engineers have begun debating whether or not liquid cooling is a feasible long term solution for data center efficiency.

While liquid cooled server racks are nothing new, data center engineers have taken that concept to the extreme by testing data centers that float on water. The idea of a floating data center is simple: If the equipment can be cooled by water, why not put the equipment in the water?

To some, this concept may sound fringe. However, engineers with Nautilus Data Technologies have built a working proof of concept that has successfully floated servers on a barge just 20 miles north of San Francisco, CA.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

internetofthingsCisco suggests that over 20 billion IoT devices could be in use by 2020. While colocated data centers will likely host the majority of data generated from IoT devices, some may overlook the fact that data centers themselves can greatly benefit from IoT innovations.

“IoT will dramatically change how next-generation data centers are architected at almost every level.” says Andrew Froehlich on the IoT Infrastructure blog.

IoT devices can be configured to gain almost any physical metric possible. Given this unique ability, IoT gives data centers the ability to further automate their operations based on real-time data gathered from IoT sensors.

Density Specific Cooling

IMG_0254 (1)Perhaps density specific cooling could be tied into IoT devices, since this technology could heavily rely on data generated from an IoT sensor. Nevertheless, data center architects must engineer solutions that keeps their power usage effectiveness (PUE) at an absolute minimum.

With density specific cooling, data centers of the future can be configured to automatically provide more cooling for higher density racks while providing less cooling to equipment that is sparsely configured.

According to a white paper created by Emerson Network Power, 55% of data center engineers indicated that hot spots were the top issue that they dealt with in their data centers. Hot spots out ranked other common data center issues such as inadequate power, water events or an outage.

ColoCrossing Sponsors InfoTech Niagara Awards!

InfoTech_SponsorshipEach year the Western New York InfoTech group hosts a gala and awards ceremony to highlight outstanding companies and individuals in the technology sector in the Buffalo region. This year, ColoCrossing was honored to both sponsor the award ceremony along with exhibiting with a booth! Helping to support local organizations, especially those that are dedicated to furthering the advancement of technology in the work place, is a great way to give back and ColoCrossing looks forward to being involved for many more years to come.

Businesses big and small can benefit by relying on datacenter professionals to ensure that their networks are online, secure and performing properly. ColoCrossing’s suite of datacenter services, from remote IT management, in-office consulting, hosted cloud, dedicated servers and colocation means we have the right-sized solution for your business.

InfoTech_Sponsorship_boothPart of our 2016 marketing initiatives will have the ColoCrossing sales force exhibiting at a number of local and regional trade shows. Through the balance of this year we’ll be in Toronto, NYC, New Orleans and more. We hope to meet you at an upcoming event soon!