Advanced Colocation Solutions Bridge the Gap Between On-Premises and Hyperscale Data Center Environments

Traditional data centers are destined for extinction like the dinosaurs they are.

Our digital age, characterized by enterprise virtualization and cutting-edge trends such as IoT and Big Data analytics, has far outgrown the traditional data center’s characteristic patchwork of management tools for servers, storage, routers, network, and power. Yesterday’s solutions are simply unable to support this sudden and significant increase in data storage and virtualization needs.

A growing number of enterprises are looking ahead, eager to turn the page on their private, traditional data centers to an exciting new chapter of flexibility, scalability, and modularity. Increasingly they are looking to the cloud’s ease of deployment and maintenance to meet their evolving needs.

Many forward-looking companies who transition to the cloud, however, discover that the scalability and flexibility come hand-in-hand with an insidious downside: cloud creep. They quickly learn that a cloud footprint can be all but impossible to contain, leading to a lack of control, shocking expense, and unacceptable levels of security risk.

Modern enterprises must choose between outdated and unworkable legacy data centers and expensive, high-risk hyperscale providers.

Or do they?

Enterprises with modern requirements seeking the convenience of the cloud with the control and security of an in-house data center have found their ideal solution in colocation data centers.

By providing a new and innovative data center model, colocation providers are introducing a unique approach to the way facilities are designed, managed, and maintained with the goal to support increasingly complex workloads in a cost-effective manner. For example, data center architects construct colocation facilities with optimization in mind, utilizing free and cost-effective cooling methods as well as centralized UPS solutions.

Partnering with a progressive colocation services provider can even ease the transition, enabling an enterprise to establish a hybrid environment for seamless integration of existing on-premises and public cloud applications.

If you’re interested in learning more about this trend, be sure to join us for a weekly exploration of the key solutions and technologies that are impacting the data center industry. In our upcoming three-part series, we’ll explore the various practices and technical deployments that define an advanced colocation environment, including hybrid cloud enablement, high-density infrastructure, and top efficiency techniques that have the greatest impact on operational costs.

Sabey commences construction of Building D, a new, 14.4-megawatt data center building on campus

Seattle-based Sabey Data Center Properties announced today that it has commenced construction of a new facility at its Intergate.Columbia Data Center Campus.

Building D will provide 14.4 megawatts of mission critical power designed specially to attract co-location customers. It will complement Buildings A and B, which are commissioned and fully leased as powered shells to five tenants who operate them.

Building D will comprise 140,000 square feet with four data halls, each with 3.6 megawatts. Completion of Building D is scheduled for May 2019. Long range plans call for eight buildings on the Intergate.Columbia campus.

Robert Rockwood, President, Sabey Data Centers, said, “Intergate.Columbia’s competitive advantages include $.025/kWh power rate which is among the lowest in the world. It is renewable hydropower drawn from the nearby power grid, delivering electricity efficiently, with little line loss, through the on-site substation. In addition, Central Washington’s mild, dry climate provides essentially free cooling for more than 90% of the year.”

Another advantage is Intergate.Columbia’s geographic proximity to its sister data center, Intergate.Quincy, just 30 miles to the southeast. Mr. Rockwood added, “This provides connectivity with negligible latency between the two locations – a tremendous resiliency play for customers seeking a business continuity strategy.”

Intergate.Columbia customers can also take advantage of the state Rural Data Center Tax Incentive program, which offers an exemption of sales taxes on their IT equipment and installation services.

Intergate.Columbia is conveniently located adjacent to Pangborn Memorial Airport, which is served by Alaska Airlines.