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Introduction – Data Center Space

In this series of Datacenter-Discovery, we will cover key items when you order colocation or price enterprise & meet-me room colocation. These items are as follows:

  • Space
    • Data center space is going to be the topic of this part of the series. We’ll go over the three main types of colocation space and what their differences, benefits, and provider types among the three are.
    • We’ll also be learning how to chart out our cabinet/rack space for migration. This will be done utilizing Lucidchart’s web-based software.
  • Power
  • Connectivity
  • Setup Pricing
  • Monthly Costs
  • Terms

Understanding the 4-Types of Datacenter Space

Understanding your space/environment is one of the most important parts of being in a data center. The first thing to do when considering migration to a data center is to select the type of data center space you need. So, this will help explain what those spaces are. (This is normally the first thing you’ll be asked.)

Those spaces are:

Shared Space is the only thing we won’t go over in the video except for a moment. This is space is usually available as a cabinet or rack depending on the type of colocation. However, this is for people who require only 1U – 4U of data center space for their equipment. There are neighboring servers, but you gain all the same benefits as if you had your own cage. (Other than the physical privacy/space.)

Private Cabinet Space

When discussing multiple pieces of a network, potential DC tenants are referred to 1 or 2 cabinets depending on what their infrastructure is like. These cabinets typically range about 42U – 48U per cabinet depending on the data center.

Private Cage Space

This is a popular option for a lot of larger entities that handle a lot of sensitive data and want to isolate, provide more physical security, and continuity to their network. These spaces are priced by the SqFt. Pricing also varies on what part of the country/world/data center you’re in. Things like power, cooling, and even staff presence can affect the price.

These spaces provide a contiguous environment for usually at least 4 cabinets. This makes cross-connecting within the network or between carriers easier.

Private Rack Space

Rack environments are usually found in Meet-Me rooms where carriers are colocated. 2-post racks are the standard for most data centers, but 4-post racks are usually available by request or simply by convenience.

These environments differ from cabinets as carrier network gear tends to be wide & cannot be housed in your standard colocation cabinet. These racks also go up to a high U count than most cabinets.

Space Prerequisites

There are two primary terms I like to use while discussing the definition of colocation.

Both terms have their own differences that become obvious when you enter a data center. In episode 2 of Datacenter-Discovery: Enterprise Vs Meet-Me Room Colocation, we learned the differences between the two and even got to hear about one of my Enterprise Colocation clients & their network.

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Meet-Me Room Colocation –

Enterprise Colocation –

Charting for Migration w/ Lucidchart

Create a free account for Lucidchart at and follow along with my tutorial in the video to see how I would plan out a private cabinet for off-site colocation.

If you decide to take initiative and explore Lucidchart on your own, just remember to use their Server Rack premade chart package.

Final Thoughts

I hope you guys found use in this video. The next topic we’ll be going over is Datacenter Power. I implore you to stay tuned for this. The more you understand where your data goes & how it is managed, the more you’ll be aware.

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