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A data centre is a physical facility that companies use to house their business-critical applications and information. As companies evolve, it is essential to think long-term about how they can maintain the reliability and uptime of their business-critical software systems. Our managed WordPress hosting uses data centres around the world, each selected for it's locations and connectivity.
Data centres are often described as a singular thing. Still, in reality, they consist of a multitude of components such as servers, storage as well as support infrastructures such as network, power management, backup generators, cooling systems (HVAC), fire detection & suppression and user access control.
The support infrastructure can consume up to 80 per cent of the total capacity of a data centre.
These systems need to be managed by a 24/7/365 team of skilled IT technicians and moving systems from dedicated hardware in-house can often reduce the burden for IT teams.
Choosing a data centre for your business model can be crucial, as data centres can be indispensable for large corporations and even small and medium-sized enterprises are following the trend.
Moving to a data centre offers excellent flexibility in both terms of storage, network infrastructure (often 100GB+ speeds) and availability of remote agents.
One of the most well-known types of data centre hosting is known as colocation. Colo (colocation data centre) is a room that a data centre rents out to companies. Colocation is great for companies that wish to manage their hardware, yet utilise data centres excellent features such as fast fibre internet and backup network/power/cooling systems.
Companies that wish to use colocation will manage all components in the room, such as servers, storage systems, security and firewalls, while the data centre manages cooling, network and power systems.
The relocation, expansion, or consolidation of data centres is a complex process that must be weighed against the long-term viability of an organisation as a whole, as well as its financial and operational viability.
With these considerations in mind, more and more companies are finding that colocation can provide the solution they need without having to manage their own data centres. Also known simply as "colos," data centre colocations are services provided by companies that provide shared, secure storage space for hardware related to data storage and other devices.
Corporate customers engage Colo businesses in ways similar to how customers store equipment in their homes or offices, such as a garage or warehouse.
Colocation customers typically rent storage space, typically in server cabinets, from data centres. They fill the server cabinet with their hardware, and network and power is provided into the cabinet.
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