Hyperscale and colocation providers enjoy a symbiotic relationship. Hyperscale providers have become the largest customers of many retail colocation and wholesale colocation data centers, with many colocation providers modifying their business models to host hyperscale operations and provide connectivity for enterprise tenants to hyperscale services.
RETAIL COLOCATION DATA CENTER
Colocation data centers consist of one data center owner selling space, power and cooling to multiple enterprise and hyperscale customers in a specific location.
WHOLESALE COLOCATION DATA CENTER
Wholesale colocation data centers consist of one owner selling space, power and cooling to enterprise and hyperscale like a standard colocation. In these instances, interconnection is not really a requirement. These facilities are used by hyperscalers or large companies to hold their IT infrastructure.
ENTERPRISE DATA CENTER
An enterprise data center is a facility owned and operated by the company it supports and is generally built on-site but can also be off-site in certain cases.
TELECOM DATA CENTER
A telecom data center is a facility owned and operated by a Telecommunications or Service Provider company such as BT, AT&T or Verizon. These types of data centers require very high connectivity and are mainly responsible for driving content delivery, mobile services, and cloud services.
HYPERSCALE DATA CENTER
A hyperscale data center is leased (or, in some cases, owned) and operated by the company it supports (this includes companies such as AWS, Microsoft, and Google). They offer robust, scalable applications and storage portfolio of services to individuals or businesses. Hyperscale computing is necessary for cloud and big data storage. At least 10,000sq ft. in size. There are usually more than 50,000 computing and storage servers in a typical hyperscale data center, linked with an ultra-high-speed, high fiber count network There are 250,000 switch ports in the computing fabric of an average hyperscale data center
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