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A Simple Guide To Colocation In Salt Lake City

A Simple Guide To Colocation In Salt Lake City


Colocation offers businesses the flexibility of the public cloud with the customizability of data center space. Unsurprisingly, it has become a popular solution for businesses of all sizes. Broadly speaking, colocation works in much the same way regardless of where it is implemented. At a more detailed level, however, there are differences between different areas. With that in mind, here is a simple guide to collocation in Salt Lake City.

An overview of the Salt Lake City business landscape

Even today, Salt Lake City is probably still best known for its connection with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church/the Mormons). There is, however, much more to the city than churches. It has a robust and diverse economy that fully leverages both its natural and human assets.

Its proximity to the Wasatch Mountains and several national parks has made Salt Lake City one of the most popular tourist destinations in the USA. In addition to leisure tourism, Salt Lake City attracts participants in many outdoor sports both summer and winter. The tourist industry strongly benefits from Salt Lake City’s position as the “Crossroads of the West”.

This position and its extensive transport infrastructure means that the city is also strong in transportation, logistics, and trade. These businesses are served by the financial and business services sector. The city is one of the biggest industrial banking centers in the USA.

Technology is also a growing sector, especially fintech and biotech. The “Silicon Slopes” area is home to numerous tech companies, startups, and innovation centers, fostering a dynamic tech ecosystem.

The benefits of colocation in Salt Lake City

The benefits of colocation in Salt Lake City can be grouped into three main categories. These are:

  • Location
  • Cost-management
  • Adaptability and convenience

Here is a closer look at each of these points.

Location

Theoretically, cyberspace has neither limits nor boundaries. Practically, however, most networks are highly local. That includes the internet. Hosting data and services near the people who use them makes for the quickest service. This is particularly relevant when serving customers in fast-moving industries such as many of the businesses in Salt Lake City.

Cost-management

One of the major selling points of colocation is that it offers the best overall value for money for most businesses. The benefits of using colocation increase in line with real-estate prices. This means that there is a particularly strong argument for using colocation in Salt Lake City.

Real estate in Salt Lake City is less expensive than in other state capitals. Even so, buying it still requires significant capital investment. This either ties up cash or forces businesses to take on (further) debt. With colocation in Salt Lake City, the upfront cost is minimized.

Additionally, it tends to be much easier to predict the cost of using colocation than it is to predict the cost of using the public cloud (on demand). This makes it much easier to create accurate budgets.

Adaptability and convenience

Colocation in Salt Lake City offers the scalability of the public cloud together with the customizability of data center space. It also offers the convenience of managed services. With colocation, the customer only has to manage their own equipment. They can even outsource this. In fact, many colocation vendors offer on-site support as a value-added service.

The vendor has overall responsibility for managing the data center infrastructure. In particular, they have the responsibility for ensuring security against real-world and cyber-threats. This is highly relevant to colocation in Salt Lake City as the city is subject to occasional flooding (particularly in spring) along with cyclones, hurricanes, and tornadoes.

Factors influencing the cost of colocation in Salt Lake City

The 7 main factors influencing the cost of colocation in Salt Lake City are:

  • Location and physical space requirements
  • Tier level
  • Security and compliance
  • Network connectivity options
  • Power requirements and energy efficiency
  • On-site support and SLAs
  • Contract length and flexibility

The first five of these factors are often closely interlinked. The location of a colocation facility in Salt Lake City will influence both its resilience (hence its tier level) and its security (hence its compliance options). It will also influence its options for connecting to infrastructure such as network hubs and the main power supply.

This means that there can be significant differences between the prices charged for colocation in Salt Lake City depending on the facilities the specific location can offer.

Colocation Salt Lake City

If you are looking for colocation services in Salt Lake City, DataBank is an excellent choice. DataBank has three state-of-the-art data centers in the Salt Lake City area, which combine to offer 268,380 square feet of raised floor space, and 44.8MW critical IT load. Learn more about DataBank’s Salt Lake City data centers.

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