What is Colocation? From the days of the first big mainframes, computers have required specialized facilities. But as computers have gotten smaller, the challenges of housing them have actually grown larger. Ever since the advent of servers, the Internet and ecommerce in the 1980s and ‘90s, technology managers have wrestled with the logistical challenges of housing, powering, cooling, connecting and securing racks upon racks of devices. Many have decided that’s not a good use of their resources and so instead of operating their own data centre, they located it elsewhere—in a pre-built, fully-managed facility offered by a colocation provider.
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