Now that you’ve made the decision to switch to colocation, it’s time to shop for the best solutions. The options for Edge computing and Edge data centers can vary from purpose-built data centers to converted telco Central Offices and computing rooms to micro deployments at the base of cell towers.
Unless you’re in a major metropolitan area like Chicago, Phoenix, Dallas, etc. your choices are limited when it comes to choosing a colocation data center, let alone Edge data center. Many data centers in smaller market areas are almost makeshift in nature. They aren’t built to be world class data centers.
These retrofitted facilities may have been created by local VARs or system integrators that simply lease space and create a facility. Or they’re a telco that’s converted a POP (Point of Presence) to raised floor – and boom, they’re a colocation.
At DC BLOX, we’ve built Edge data centers with a Tier 3 basis of design, placed them in under-served Southeastern markets, and connected all of them together through high speed, high capacity optical networks.
We Bring You Closer to Edge Computing
Our long-term plan positions colocation data centers within 150 miles of major metropolitan areas. This gives businesses in those underserved areas the ability to connect with Internet Exchanges and enables near-site Disaster Recovery.
Our data centers are intentionally built close to the Edge incorporating high-speed networking with an infrastructure designed around security, policies and processes you need to make your business run 24/7.
A Colocation Data Center Built for Growth
Unlike other colocation providers, DC BLOX designed its data centers for higher density workloads, so you buy only what you need now, but you have the ability to scale as you grow. We don’t make you buy wasted space to “balance the floor.” With our colocation centers, you can expand space and power as demand exceeds capacity. And, depending on the data center, you can choose from 48U or 50U lockable cabinets.
It Really is About the Network
As a carrier class network provider, DC BLOX gives you choices. That means access to multiple carriers that build into our colocation data centers or using our wholly owned and operated 8.8Tbps optical network. We deliver low latency connectivity to Internet Exchanges and cloud ramps via our mesh-protected optical network.
- Direct Internet Access
- Ethernet services
- Transport of 100G and faster
Power and Security to the People
As a Tier 3 data center in your Tier 2 city, you can rely on DC BLOX for a dependable power system that strives for 1.3 PUE’s and employs:
- Diverse utility feeds
- Power generation is N+1 with no less than two (2) fuel suppliers
- N+1 UPS systems protect standard A and B side power to your cabinet (we don’t charge extra for B side power)
- 100% power SLA
- N+1 cooling systems
- Superior value for power usage through hot aisle containment on concrete slab
Safety in a Number of Security and Compliance Measures
DC BLOX protects your IT with 24x7x365 manned security with layered physical protection. In fact, we’ve already achieved our SOC 2 certification since our opening in July 2017. This means that we have the necessary internal controls in place that ensure our clients’ data is being handled securely and in accordance with industry standards.
Compliance is important to you, your business and us, so you can trust us to protect your IT around the clock.
With DC BLOX, you get:
- Perimeter lighting and fencing combined with monitored CCTV defend against unauthorized campus access.
- Security checks visitors inside the building and allows authorized floor access only after checking customer approved rosters.
- Our data hall access requires two-factor authentication and all cabinets lock.
- CCTV captures all activity to the cabinet row level.
How Does Your Data Center Operations Measure Up?
Being close to the Edge isn’t enough if the colocation data center isn’t managed properly. At DC BLOX, we take care of our customers, but our data centers are designed for full utility. Besides our visitor lobby, conference rooms and hoteling features like client cubicles, we’ve put the vast majority of our investment in what matters most to your business: secure power, networking and maximizing our space to minimize your overhead.
Here’s what we do:
- Our electrical and mechanical staff are employed by use and supported by vendor-certified technicians.
- All of our equipment is maintained to specific manufacturer guidelines.
- All of our remote hands staff are employees.
- We apply our change process to all maintenance.
Disaster Recovery and Redundancy Advantages
DC BLOX goes beyond delivering efficient colocation and high-speed networking – especially in the event of a disaster. Our data centers perform as one because they’re connected through our high capacity network, so you can use one of our other data centers as a Disaster Recovery site, ensuring your business stays continuous.
And, if you’re experiencing explosive data storage growth, DC BLOX Cloud Storage enables you to backup and archive your data from within your colocation facility or from your premise-based systems. You can also replicate data from one DC BLOX data center to another for geographic redundancy.
The managed hosting experts at DC BLOX can also help you build and manage your IT infrastructure. We can design and build a private cloud environment that’s fully managed in any of our Tier 3 data centers.
At DC BLOX, our carrier class networking services bring cloud ecosystems to your door and let you leverage cloud and managed services as technology changes. We think that Tier 2 markets deserve the same high efficiency, secure colocation services that power the growth of successful businesses in Tier 3 markets like Chicago, Ashburn, Dallas and Atlanta. That’s what we’re all about.