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A Simple Guide To Colocation In San Diego

A Simple Guide To Colocation In San Diego

Using colocation is an astute strategy for businesses to access strategic areas without the cost of implementing an in-house data center or using the public cloud. The basic principles of colocation apply in much the same way regardless of location. There are, however, some minor variations between areas that are worth noting. With that in mind, here is a simple guide to colocation in San Diego.

An overview of the San Diego business landscape

Although San Diego is neither the state capital nor the largest city in California, it is still a large and populous city with a robust economy. San Diego has long been known for its connection with the US military, particularly the Navy. It is also home to major defense contractors and research facilities. These contribute significantly to the local economy.

Tourism is another major industry sector. As with most of California, San Diego has a balmy climate, excellent beaches, and rich history, and a vibrant culture. Not only is it a top destination for wine lovers but it is also “America’s Craft Beer Capital”.

Other major sectors include life sciences, technology, including biotechnology, and telecommunications. San Diego is home to technology hubs like Sorrento Valley and the University City area, where tech companies, research institutions, and startups converge. These hubs facilitate collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and technological advancements.

The benefits of colocation in San Diego

Here is an overview of the five main benefits of colocation in San Diego.

Easy access to a strategic location

California as a whole has one of the strongest real estate markets in the world, not just the USA. San Diego is one of the top locations in California. This means that its real estate market is particularly strong, hence property is very expensive.

Buying real estate in San Diego therefore requires significant upfront investment with all that implies in terms of cash flow and/or debt ratios. Furthermore, the money will be tied up indefinitely, since it can only be released if the real estate is sold. Admittedly it can be used for collateral on debt but that still means taking on debt instead of using cash.

Using colocation in San Diego, by contrast, minimizes upfront costs. It therefore enables businesses to use their cash and/or credit more strategically.

Predictable costs

The cost of using colocation in San Diego is based on factors that are usually either known or fairly easy to predict accurately. These typically include:

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

This means that it is generally much easier to predict the cost of using colocation in San Diego than it is to predict the cost of using the public cloud, especially on demand. Greater predictability means easier budgeting.

Using colocation also ensures that the main risk of unplanned costs lies with the vendor. This is because they take overall responsibility for maintaining the data center and, hence, dealing with any unplanned incidents relating to it.

Scalability with customizability

Another major benefit of using colocation in San Diego is that it means businesses do not have to choose between scalability and customizability. Colocation offers a high level of both. It has to be noted that it is not as scalable as the public cloud or as customizable as a truly private data center. It is, however, likely to be scalable and customizable enough for most businesses.


Even when businesses have the finances to run private data centers, they often lack the desire to do so. For most businesses, IT infrastructure is something they need to run their core business. It is not part of their core business.

This means that it often makes a lot of sense to outsource the running of IT infrastructure in some kind of managed-services arrangement. With colocation, the vendor takes care of the day-to-day running of the data center. They can often also take care of the customer’s equipment. Alternatively, the customer can have this managed by another vendor or their own staff.

Colocation San Diego

If you are looking for colocation services in San Diego, DataBank is an excellent choice. DataBank has a state-of-the-art data center in San Diego, which offers 55,140 square feet of raised floor space, and 3.2MW critical IT load. Learn more about DataBank’s San Diego data centers.

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