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Understanding High Density Colocation

Posted by QuoteColo on November 20, 2013 - Updated on November 19, 2013

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If you live in New York City or San Francisco, you have an intimate understanding that physical space costs a lot of money. The same is true for the price of colocation. If you are a consumer or a company who invests IT solutions within a data center colocation facility, you understand the price of physical space within a data center is very costly. Due to this, just like an apartment hunter who tries to maximize the amount of space in his 400 sq. ft. lower Manhattan apartment, colocation providers try to maximize the amount of colocation power and equipment they can provide to consumers within limited space.

High density colocation is the process by which colocation providers build colocation needs for maximum efficiency to enable lower special footprints within data center colocation facilities.

A Simple Explanation of High Density Colocation

Currently, the colocation hosting industry standard for KW (kilowatts) per cabinet is 4kW. To make high density colocation work, data center colocation providers pack cabinets full of 40 1 U servers or compile full cabinets with blade chassis. The basic idea is simple: raise the amount of kW per cabinet to provide clients with the most bang for their buck at the lowest sq. ft. cost.

In terms of KW per cabinet, as mentioned the industry standard is 4kW. However, high density colocation providers like Net Access, Cirracore, Internap, Telecity Group and Vocus provide consumers with as much as 30kW/128 Amps per rack.

Concerns of High Density Colocation

As any data center colocation web hosting client understands, the two largest concerns regarding colocation come in the form of power and cooling. Within a normal data center facility, power and cooling can prove to be both expensive and difficult. Well, those issues are only intensified with high density colocation.

Think about it this way: servers and blade servers generate a ton of heat. In a traditional hot and cold isle set up, servers and blade servers dissipate heat from forced in cooling and from distance from other servers. However, if you were to take those same servers and pack them as tight as possible on top of one another, the new close proximity will generate more heat quicker and will require more cooling to maintain uptime. This is the main issue with high density colocation. With more powerful servers located in a closer proximity, it becomes exponentially harder to keep said equipment powered and cooled.

Benefits of High Density Colocation

The benefits of high density colocation web hosting data centers are simple: power and cost. With high density colocation, clients have the chance to utilize more colocation equipment at a higher power threshold with less of a spatial footprint within the data center. In turn, as colocation web hosting facilities charge clients on a per sq. ft. basis, clients enjoy higher colocation capabilities and densities at a lower overall cost.

The other major benefit of high density colocation services come in the form of the physical equipment which is used to accomplish high density colocation. This is to say, because high density colocation requires smaller and more efficient web hosting gear, the solution tends to utilize the newest and best equipment on the market. This means, not only are clients paying for less space and more power, they are paying for the best colocation equipment currently on the market.

All in all, high density colocation solutions allow both clients and providers to maximize their capabilities while shortening their sq. ft. space footprint. By providing clients with high density colocation, providers supply more power to clients and at the same time, allow themselves to take on more clients with freed up data center space.

High density colocation is a win-win.

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