A colocation centre (also called co-location or colo) or “carrier hotel,” is a type of data centre where cabinet, equipment, space, Internet 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. They also seamlessly connect them to a variety of telecommunications and network service providers.
Many Canadian colocation providers serve a wide range of large enterprises to small IT 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 the colocation provider’s responsibility.
Carrier Hotel Plans and Terms
Cabinets – a cabinet is a locking unit that holds a server rack. In a carrier hotel datacenter, servers within cabinets share raised-floor space with other tenants, in addition to sharing power and cooling infrastructure.
Cages – a cage is a dedicated server space within a traditional raised-floor 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 traditional raised-floor 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; alternatively, cooling may be provided on a dedicated basis.
Modules – data center modules are purpose-engineered modules and components to offer scalable data center capacity. They typically use standardized components, which make them easily added, integrated or retrofitted into existing data centers making them cost effective and easy to build.
In a colocation environment, a data center module is a data center within a data center. It has its own steel walls and security protocol as well as dedicated cooling and power infrastructure.
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