Considering an outsource data center or colocation facility? As the IT infrastructure changes, many companies are looking to for a better way to deal with hardened data center facilities, power and cooling . As you consider multiple outsource data center providers and facilities, you will probably find that some are rigid and some are flexible. Here are a few examples:

Some outsource data centers provide rack space to clients. Others provide private cages so clients can build their own “branch office” inside the colocation facility. Some data centers provide racks; in other facilities, you can bring your own.

Many data centers are limited on the number of telecom providers and how you can connect. Carrier neutral data centers offer multiple providers. Some data centers charge monthly add-on fees called cross connect fees. to connect to the telecom carriers. Other data centers charge no cross connect fees to access multiple carriers.

Data center pricing models vary widely. Data center power costs can be billed based on circuit size or by actual usage. Power configurations may be limited to a few circuit types. Check for minimums and maximums associated with power and rack counts.

Remember affordable colocation and flexibility are not mutually exclusive. Looking for a flexible outsource data center? Call Lifeline Data Centers, 317.423.2591 .

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.