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Build the Best Data Center Facility for Your Business by Douglas Alger

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Deciding Whether to Outsource

Before launching a Data Center project, the decision must be made whether to outsource the facility, that is rent server environment space from an outside company, or build it in-house. Outsourced server environments may go by various names such as Internet Data Center (IDC) or colocation facility, but the scenario is the same. Your servers are housed away from your company site, in a Data Center that is owned and operated by an outside vendor. These are usually massive raised-floor server environments that use wire mesh fencing to physically separate one tenant's equipment from another's. The hosting company provides and maintains all of the room's infrastructure—power, connectivity, cooling, cabinet space, and ...

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