What is a Colocation Cabinet?

Colocation Cabinets
Colocation Cabinets

A colocation rack cabinet is a widely-used option that sees a number of different tenants share a cabinet in a data center. Designed to maximize cost-effectiveness and efficiency, a colocation rack cabinet is both safe and secure.

Companies that use data center colocation services to host and run their IT equipment will often opt for a colocation rack cabinet. It allows them to share space within a single rack enclosure, in a way that doesn’t compromise on security or reliability.

Clarifying Colocation

Colocation, also sometimes known as colo, is a term used to refer to data centers where businesses can rent space for their servers and storage devices. All kinds of hardware can be kept safe at colocation data centers, and there are plenty of reasons to use one. 

With colocation, smaller companies can start to take advantage of the functionality of a much larger IT department than they might otherwise have been able to run. Colocation also provides unparalleled flexibility and scalability, making it an attractive option for larger companies looking to expand in the near future.

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The Colocation Cabinet Explained

Every rack in a colocation data center is designed in a modular way. This means that it can accommodate a number of different server cabinets, without compromising on the security measures that are so important to today’s businesses.

The design of data center cabinets allows them to be easily rented either fully, or in part. So, companies who don’t need the full amount of space that a cabinet provides have the option to rent a small part of it to keep costs as low as possible.

Tenants renting just a small proportion of a cabinet don’t need to worry about other tenants having access to their equipment. The design of these cabinets is such that data centers are able to guarantee full security for all tenants, for data and equipment alike.

Every colocation rack cabinet in our Houston data center comes complete with in-built 2-4 compartment configurations. Features include reversible doors, a steel frame, secure cable channels and lockable security options.

If you’re interested in finding out more about colocation cabinets at our facility, don’t hesitate to contact our team. With three generations of experience between us, we’re here to advise you on the best options to suit your business. Just get in touch to get started.