Colocation Centers

What is a Colocation Center?

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Colocation Centers are data centers where multiple tenants share access to advanced computing resources. Colocation is typically used by firms wishing to obtain the technology, security, and redundancy of a cutting-edge data center at a fraction of the cost. Instead of renting an entire data center, which can be prohibitively expensive, companies rent server racks, or fractions of a rack.

What are the Benefits of a Colocation Center?

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  • Efficient IT Management: Traditional businesses do not consider managing computer systems to be a core competency. Companies that lease computing resources at a colocation center allow industry experts to manage their computing infrastructure and avoid the administrative burden and operating costs associated with a data center. Customers of colocation centers can focus on what they do best instead of managing computers.
  • Access to Technology:A key feature of colocation centers is the ability to access tens (and sometimes hundreds) of fiber-optic providers in a centralized location. Utilities are unwilling to lay extensive fiber networks in rural areas because there are only a handful of customers who may live miles apart.
  • Economies of Scale (from Shared Resources):The advanced electrical, cooling, and security systems provided by a colocation center are very expensive. Many businesses would be unable to invest in these resources individually. In effect, colocation allows businesses to pool their resources to obtain advanced technology, which is shared all users of the colocation center.
  • Flexibility and Scalability:As businesses grow, it is easy to rent additional server space without needing to make significant capital investments. Colocation allows companies to easily expand their computing infrastructure when necessary.

What Features Define a Good Colocation Center?

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Access to Fiber-Optic Networks: A key advantage of colocation centers is multiple fiber optic carriers typically provide service to these data centers. Ideal colocation centers will be carrier-neutral, meaning tenants are able to obtain direct connections to any fiber optic provider that serves the colocation center without having to pay additional fees to the data center.

Also important is the dark fiber network. Dark fibers are dedicated fibers for use within a colocation center complex. For customers renting server racks across multiple buildings, dark fibers provide the most efficient way to transfer data. Without dark fibers, data transmission would be difficult due to the distance and speed limitations of traditional copper-based cable.

Uninterrupted Power: Colocation centers need to operational 24/7. It is extremely important that colocation centers have access to a reliable electrical grid, and that they have multiple generators and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to ensure continuous operation. Customers commonly require data centers to have a minimum of N+1 redundancy, and 2N redundancy is considered standard for critical applications.

In N+1 redundancy, there are additional backup power modules, such that the failure of any one module will not cause downtime. To achieve N+1 redundancy, if three identically-sized generators are necessary to power a data center, a fourth generator is required as backup. If one generator fails, there are still three working generators to meet the power requirements.

With 2N redundancy, there is a duplicate of each critical component. If three identical generators are necessary to power a building, 2N redundancy requires six generators to ensure adequate backup.

Cooling Systems:Because of the intense amount of heat generated by high-density computer servers, colocation centers need to be designed with careful attention to thermal efficiency and circulation patterns in the room. Raised floors, typically 36 inches high, allow cold air to circulate unimpeded. Additional features, such as domed enclosures and directed air channels, further increase cooling efficiency by ensuring the cold air circulates throughout the server rather than simply passing over it.

In addition to climate control, liquid cooling is sometimes used to guarantee that the processors of high-density servers do not exceed 185-190F (85 to 90C). Liquid cooling works by flowing chilled fluids through a heat exchanger inside the server. Heat is quickly dissipated from the processors to the cold liquid, whose flow carries the heat away from the computers.

Why is River Bend an Ideal Location for a Colocation Center?

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River Bend’s business continuity and disaster recovery suites provide secure colocation services in our state-of-the art data centers. River Bend offers up to 10 fiber optic providers to ensure nonstop connectivity, and dark fibers are available upon request. Each building has a generator and UPS backup.

River Bend also offers dedicated business continuity workstations for companies looking to have backup workspace readily available in an emergency. River Bend’s workstations are secure, co-located desks, designed to host your computer and phone. In an emergency, simply head to River Bend and log in to access your data via River Bend’s network of 10 fiber optic providers and reliable power.

River Bend’s convenient location makes it an ideal colocation center. Located within a 45-minute drive of New York City, and less than 3 hours from Boston, River Bend is easily accessible. River Bend’s campus is adjacent to Metro North’s New Canaan line for hassle-free connections to New York City or Amtrak trains.

How do I Obtain More Information on Colocation Centers at River Bend?


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