High density colocation make sense

High density colocation make sense

There are a number of reasons why data centers densities are increasing. Ten years ago, 2-4kW cabinet was the colocation industry standard, however that capacity has grown up to 10kW+ per cabinet. Business demands on IT are growing rapidly and IT loads are less predictable. New hardware for cloud computing and machine learning is bringing beefier workloads into the data center. Meanwhile, overall rack densities are trending slightly higher, but not at the rate all this new data-crunching might suggest.

We are focused on ‘footprint efficiency’

With the growth of cloud computing, Hyper-Converged Computing Architectures and Artificial Intelligence (AI) we see a trend that our colocation clients bring more high-density workloads into our facilities. At the same time clients are more willing to put more equipment into their cabinets. Datacenter.com is address this problem of ‘footprint efficiency’ by providing as first data center in Amsterdam, 54 Rack Unit high cabinet from Schneider, which can be filled to top.

The high density colocation solutions offer multiple benefits:

  • Greater computing power in less space;
  • Smaller cooling footprint;
  • Fewer cabinets needed;
  • Less cabling distance between the equipment.

“The Emerging use of Hyper-Converged Computing architectures, are capable of extreme dense deployments”


Since the high-density colocation solution is consume more power (heat), they need also require more cooling per square meter, and these two considerations will drive the design of a data center’s space, making it suitable for some of the most demanding server workloads. Where traditional data centers adopt some form of cold aisle containment, feeding cool air directly to the cabinets, Datacenter.com choose to fill the entire data center room with cool air and focus on extracting the heat (hot aisle containment). Our experience shows that we can efficiently cool much higher workloads.

Why we challenge the market?

We listen carefully to our clients and potential clients and always provide maximum flexibility; our clients can take any path in computing infrastructure that they want to. Not all our clients need a high-density solution today, but at the moment we see a huge disconnect between demand and supply when it comes to colocation environments.

This disconnect is created by the data center industry’s conservative approach to managing data center space, compute power and the required cooling power and in our opinion, they don’t listen well to the colocation clients. Most of our colleague data centers spread the load across multiple cabinets, which are then only half filled. In our eyes, the available floor space is not optimally used. From the client perspective, splitting up means managing multiple cabinets, extra wiring, etc. so additional costs.

Datacenter.com listens closely to its clients. High-density colocation is not required for every client, but we offer a flexible scalable solution within the same cabinet. From a single cabinet to complete data rooms, we do everything we can to offer a solution for every question.

To learn more about your colocation options and how Datacenter.com can provide flexible colocation services to meet your user-specific needs, just give us a call at +31 (0)20 2384200, or drop us an email at info@datacenter.com.

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