Types of Data Centers

There are two main types of data centers: Private and Co-location/managed services.

Private Data Centers

Private Data Centers are owned and operated by an enterprise that offers goods and services into the marketplace. Data centers in this category may be public companies, private companies or government agencies. Large companies and agencies providing technology products and technology services such as Microsoft, Google, Intel, NASA and IRS would fall into this category.

Co-location/Managed Services

Co-location/Managed Services are companies that house and maintain data center equipment for third parties. They provide the clients with high bandwidth access connections to major carriers' networks. They can also provide data center outsourcing services from their facilities. In most cases, the co-location/managed services company will provide the data center infrastructure and facility to house their clients' own equipment. Their revenue model is based upon sub-dividing a raised floor space, cordoning off the space in fenced cages and renting it based upon the square footage and energy consumption. Maintenance and operational services are also part of the revenue model.