Data Foundry Blog - Data Centers

Does A Purpose-Built Data Center offer business scalability?

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Data center jargon can make searching for the right colocation facility challenging for businesses, and when it comes to terms like “purpose-built,” enterprises might be left wondering exactly what that means, why they should pay attention to it or if they even need that at all. Luckily, in the case of this data center term, it’s relatively self-explanatory but that doesn’t mean a closer look at its meaning and the benefits it offers isn’t necessary to guide businesses as they choose their ideal data home. So, if you’ve ever wondered about what the advantages of a purpose-built data center (PBDC) are and why they’re important in today’s digital business, look no further.

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4 Ways to Identify a Top Tier Colocation Data Center

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With the majority of today’s enterprises pivoting into the digital world, there’s no question about the importance of the data center and its role in empowering next-generation customer experiences and business operation. While the question of colocation versus in-house data center is still much discussed, when the two options are weighed against an increasingly complex business environment, colocation provides several key benefits.

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Edge Data Centers Explained: What is Edge Computing?

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If you’re hip to IT, you know that the new trend on everyone’s list is edge computing. Edge computing is supposed to bring us greater speed, privacy, and more security than traditional cloud methods. That means building an edge data center has become a priority for just about everyone—but do you really know what that means? Don’t worry, it’s actually pretty easy to understand. In a nutshell, edge computing is an alternative to cloud computing where your data processing power is at the “edge” of your network.

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How Hybrid IT Strategies leverage colocation and cloud together

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Cloud computing is a mainstay of digital business, and with the public cloud market generating a forecasted worldwide revenue of more than $500 billion by 2025, it’s clear that enterprises across all verticals are utilizing cloud-based capabilities for added agility, scalability and efficiency. The path to the cloud and the way in which businesses integrate it into their IT frameworks, however, can look different depending on the individual use case and the goals they’re trying to meet.

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What is a Data Center?

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To put it simply, a data center is a physical location that houses critical IT equipment. Typically, that means routers, storage systems, servers, and application delivery controllers, and other key components. A data center allows an organization to centralize its IT operations, equipment, and various ways of storing and processing data. If you’re an IT person, you know that this is integral to how your organization functions—it’s essentially the neural network of your entire company. That’s a big deal.

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In-house Data Center vs. Data Center Colocation: Which is better?

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The Data Center Dilemma: Understanding In-House Solutions Versus Colocation

In the contemporary enterprise landscape, data centers are key drivers and enablers for all things digital business. Whether it’s adopting new applications, incorporating new added-value services for end users, or creating more seamless IT frameworks for better collaboration and productivity, the data flows created and used by the enterprise are more robust than ever. To support these flows of information, data centers provide vital networking, redundant power and cooling infrastructure, business continuity, and information security benefits that are absolutely crucial for enterprise success. While the importance of the data center is clear, the question of whether to maintain an in-house data center strategy or an outsourced colocation approach still remains.

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What Is a Colocation Data Center?

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A colocation data center is a data center shared by multiple companies who rent or lease space from the data center’s owner or operator. Colocation data centers are also called multi-tenant data centers. The popularity of these types of data centers has grown since the early 2000s, and analysts predict the colocation industry will continue to grow throughout the 2020s. Many enterprise-sized organizations are seeing value in shutting down some of their own data centers and switching to colocation facilities, which plays a major role in this growth. Small and medium-sized businesses also find value in using colocation because they can own some of their own infrastructure, rather than being tied to the public cloud. There are many reasons for making this choice, most of which revolve around hybrid cloud models and reduced capital expenditure through shared building infrastructure.

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The Search is On: The Benefits of Partnering with a Premier Data Center Provider

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It’s no secret that data makes the contemporary world go round. Currently, the amount of generated data is continuing on its dramatic upswing, and enterprises across the globe are shifting their data management strategies off-premises to meet increasing requirements. As data continues to serve as a fundamental asset for a vast host of applications and operations across nearly all industries, finding an ideal place for this critical resource is paramount.

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Estimating Data Center Cost of Ownership: 5 Hidden Costs

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Trying to decide if you should build or buy your own data center? An essential step in your decision-making process is estimating the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) to understand how the long-term costs of data center operation compare to colocation. Companies often consider the upfront costs of owning a data center, such as buying the building, buying mechanical equipment, and the cost of securing and paying back a business loan. However, some of the recurring costs are frequently overlooked. Here are 5 recurring operational expenses that are commonly forgotten.

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Confused by "the Edge?" 5 Ways to Define Edge Data Centers

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Edge computing and edge data centers are buzzwords popping up in IT publications all over the Internet, but what do they really mean? Edge computing is more straightforward, and has been simply defined as “data processing power at the edge of a network instead of in a cloud or a central data warehouse.” However, edge data centers are being defined in a variety of ways followed by outrageous claims that this new data center concept will “blow away the cloud.” Your preferred definition will likely depend on your industry. Here are 5 widely communicated ones to broaden your perspective.

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