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A Co-location facility (Co-lo) is generally a larger Data Center that is subdivided to support many different business users. Businesses are able to rent out space in the facility in order to store their hardware. This allows businesses to still own and manage their computing infrastructure, without having to build/manage their own on-site Data Center.

Colocation Data Centers are often less expensive than on-site Data Centers. With a Colocation Data Center, businesses are still able to have the benefits of a Data Center, without having to own/maintain an on-site Data Center. This results in lower costs for businesses, allowing them to save money. Colocation Data Centers also have predictable expenses, helping businesses to forecast their budget.

Colocation Data Centers are also more scalable. An on-site Data Center can be difficult and/or expensive to scale up. In a Colocation Data Center, you have the option to rent more space, making it easier and less expensive to scale up.

Data Center redundancy is the level of backup equipment a Data Center has that can be used when the primary equipment or infrastructure fails. Having duplicate components means operations can continue if the primary component fails. The more redundancy a Data Center has, the more resilient it is to disruptions. Colocation Data Centers often have high levels of redundancy and resiliency.

A disadvantage of Colocation Data Centers is that although businesses are renting the space within the Data Center, they are still required to own the computing infrastructure they are housing there. This means that businesses will still have the costs of buying the equipment.

When choosing a Colocation facility, you should research the facility so that you can work out if it is suitable for your business.

As with any Data Center, a Colocation Data Center must have adequate cooling. Cooling solutions are vital to ensure that a Data Center remains at a safe temperature. Overheating can be very damaging to the equipment. Equipment that is overheating can also pose a fire hazard, so it is important to prevent this for health and safety reasons. Keeping the temperature of a Data Center carefully regulated can prevent problems before they happen and keep everything running without an issue.

USystems and ColdLogik provide modern Data Center cooling solutions for a range of different types of Data Centers. USystems understand the importance of Data Centers and continue to provide innovative Data Center solutions.

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