Category: Datacenter

How to keep your IT Server cool during a heatwave
IT Server

“An extreme heat wave swept across much of Western Europe on July 18 and 19, hitting some of the largest metropolitan areas such as Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris — which are also global data center hubs with hundreds of megawatts of capacity each. In the London area, temperatures at Heathrow Airport surpassed 40°C / 104°F to set a record for the United Kingdom.” – Uptime Institute



How extreme heat affects IT Servers

High server temperatures can cause an IT Server(s) to crash, resulting in costly data loss and service interruptions. 

According to, “If a server’s temperature rises above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the server’s reliability decreases. In fact, an increase of 15 degrees leads to a 50-percent decrease in server reliability. When servers reach these temperatures, they will start to perform poorly, and computers connected to the server will also start to struggle”.

Keeping your IT Servers cool is vital to maintaining optimal performance and longevity.

Extreme heat stresses cooling systems by making components, such as compressors, pumps, and fans, work harder than usual, which increases the likelihood of failures. Failures also occur not only because of increased wear on the cooling equipment but also due to lack of maintenance which includes regular cleaning of heat exchange coils. 

IT Servers and cooling equipment are not the only components at risk of exposure to extreme heat. Any external power equipment, such as backup power generators, is also susceptible.

Effective methods to keep servers cool

Ensure your server room is well ventilated

Server rooms are often small and contain other IT hardware aside from IT servers. Without proper air circulation, all that hardware can raise the temperature of the room and your servers. IT teams need to  ensure that their companies server room has good air circulation. If you have no choice but to place your IT server in a small room, install a ventilation system that will let hot air escape from the room.

Use cooling fans

Cooling fans work well with a ventilation system to move hot air away from your IT Servers. They are also a more affordable option to air conditioners. Placing a small and powerful fan next to your server’s heat vent will keep it from overheating.

Air conditioning system

Installing an air conditioner in your server room is an efficient way  to keep servers cool. IT teams need to ensure that the air conditioner you select is optimal for your server room. If you have a large server room, a small air conditioner won’t do much to cool it. Also, residential air conditioners are not designed to run 24/7/365.

Although industrial air conditioners instead can be costly and require semi-annual maintenance checks, industrial air conditioners will ensure your servers are constantly operating in cool temperatures.

Climate Resiliency

As the effects of climate change become more pronounced, extreme weather events could be more likely, and IT operators may need to revisit the climate resiliency of their sites.

Colocation facility with industrial scale cooling

Perhaps, now is the time to consider moving to a purpose-built, colocation facility with industrial-scale cooling capabilities. At Datacenter the Factory, we have seen an increase in enterprise organizations migrating their IT Servers to our purpose-built datacenter in Roermond.

With high power demand available to customers, we can support all 42U cabinet densities with fully redundant cooling systems.

About Datacenter the Factory

At Netherlands Datacenter the Factory,  our inhouse team of  IT specialists are highly experienced in creating personalized solutions for every business type.

Adopting an ‘intelligent by design’ attitude, our team embraces innovative practices for air-cooling, power and connectivity into each build. Installation of fresh-air that ensures that our datacenter is not only greener, but also cost effective and which reflects our best-in-class colocation and  managed datacenter services.

3 Tips for Future-Proofing your Datacenter IT infrastructure
datacenter sustainability

As interconnectivity continues to grow and the world’s demand for more data increases, the datacenter industry is expanding.

Although datacenters are organically concentrated users of electricity, and industrial-sized coolants, these utility demands can be successfully counterbalanced. By adopting a more sustainable approach, you can future-proof your datacenter space whilst achieving the level of corporate and personal responsibility that we all value.

At Datacenter the Factory, our three tips can help you to minimize downtime, reduce costs and provide cost-effective alternatives to time-consuming upgrades.



Power and Cooling

As energy costs fluctuate, optimizing datacenter infrastructural efficiency can provide the best chance to protect your company against future price increases. Installing the right power and cooling products can help you to achieve significant energy efficiencies.

  • Right size power equipment to the IT load to add flexibility to expand when needed
  • Install power conversion-free products when possible.

Improving airflow in a datacenter can affect cooling and is often a lower cost alternative than installing additional air conditioners. To improve air cooling efficiency, bere are Datacenter the Factory’s tips for best practices:

  • Adhere to published industry standards best practices
  • Deploy a hot and cold aisle data center layout
  • Install fully ducted containment solutions
  • Use variable speed, fans, pumps and chillers

Racks and Cabinets

Datacenter racks are critical management tools for datacenters. Appropriate datacenter racks and cabinets will help increase efficiency as well as sustainability. Base racks should be robust to allow for increasing density demands over time and also support the addition of accessories such as cable or thermal management.

At Datacenter the Factory, we recommend: 

  • Approx. 78% perforated rack cabinet doors
  • Extensive cable management
  • Security system with locks and audit trail capture
  • Conversion of four-post racks into enclosures
  • Appropriate capacity to accommodate payload

Management and Monitoring

Monitoring your environment (such as temperature, humidity, power and cooling) along with efficiently managing your power load can help you optimize your infrastructure resources to meet your business demands. By effectively monitoring and managing your datacenter, you can right size your equipment to extend its life span while increasing energy and cost savings.

Datacenter the Factory

At Netherlands Datacenter the Factory,  our inhouse team of network systems engineers and IT specialists is highly experienced in creating personalized solutions for every business type.

Adopting an ‘intelligent by design’ attitude, our team embraces innovative practices for air-cooling, power and connectivity into each build. Installation of fresh-air that ensures that our datacenter is not only greener, but also cost effective and which reflects our best-in-class colocation and  managed datacenter services.

What is Offsite Data Storage?
offsite data storage

Datacenters are the powerhouses of the business world. As technological advances continue to transform the way organizations do business, the need for offsite data storage and processing power increases.

Often, this significant increase in resources is too much for inhouse IT teams to manage internally or with an existing corporate infrastructure.

Organizations benefit from datacenters in a variety of ways. Most specifically offsite data storage within a datacenter allows a company to focus on its consumer objectives instead of technological maintenance.



Why do businesses need data centers?

Datacenters are specialized physical spaces that house high-end computing equipment, used for processing high volumes of important data. Businesses need offsite data storage within a datacenter because standard business IT systems do not have a high enough processing power to handle the sheer volume of data that modern businesses require for their day to day operations. Datacenters house critical IT infrastructure equipment that allow a business to maintain an online presence, maintain efficiency in daily operations, run applications, and process data in a cloud computing environment.

Modern datacenters house a variety of infrastructure components, including server storage, servers, and network connectivity equipment, that enable a business to access their server storage over the Internet. Users, whether using a private datacenter or a shared data center, access data and programs housed on datacenter equipment via the Internet to complete daily operations such as email and file sharing, e-commerce services, virtual services, large databases and much more.

What is off site Datacenter storage?

With so much of the business world being online, datacenters are more important than ever to keep up with the vast amounts of data being processed in the blink of an eye.

Most businesses and organizations need an offsite datacenter in order to process their data quickly and efficiently. With the recent shift to cloud-based systems, most businesses now use off-site data centers, dedicated buildings and compounds either shared with other businesses or privately owned.

An off-site datacenter is now much more efficient than inhouse business IT housing. The closer a business is to its datacenter, the less latency it will experience.

What are the benefits of an off site Data storage?

According to a recent survey 94% of companies suffering from a catastrophic data loss do not survive – 43% never reopen and 51% close within two years, whilst 7 out of 10 small firms that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year. (DTI/Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Offsite data storage has become an increasingly common solution for archiving documents and backing up crucial files. A well-rounded data protection plan that includes offsite tape storage and online backup will dramatically decrease the amount of downtime you suffer when the unexpected hits you without warning.

5 Advantages of Offsite Data Protection

With offsite data backup storage, there is typically very little setup costs involved, rather,  a recurring monthly fee is charged for your data storage space, and the price is determined by the amount of data space you require.

Offsite backup data facilities supply automated updates, quick data recovery, easy access to data, and real-time edits to information.  Offsite data protection is also robust, reliable, safe, and provides accessibility when you need it. 

Encrypted Security
The role of encryption is critical when it comes to storing vital information. By storing data offsite with a trusted datacenter that has  high protection and security standards, you can guarantee data transfers always include encryption and that your information is never subject to harm.

Transferring your information to a datacenter is extremely convenient; the only requirement necessary for offsite data protection is a means of Internet connection. When you migrate your confidential data to a trusted offsite backup facility, you can store, manage, and share your data with no hassle involved. Offsite data storage allows ease in performing backup and can be accomplished with only a few clicks.

Offsite data protection provides the ability to access your data from anywhere safely. Data can also be obtained remotely on your laptop or mobile phone. 

Datacenter the Factory

From manufacturers, financial institutions, distributors, to retail businesses, any industry can benefit from the advantages of offsite data protection.

Netherlands Datacenter the Factory‘s robust colocation ecosystem offers an unparalleled diversity of server storage space, and a host of leading Internet connectivity options.

At Datacenter the Factory, our highly skilled and certified IT professionals deliver software installations and IT migrations. We resolve system malfunctions, route connections, and provide an end to end colocation datacenter service that reflects our best-in-class managed datacenter services.

7 reasons why your business needs a Colocation Data center
colocation data center

Whether for business,  education or socialization, data storage has become an everyday necessity. This increased need for secure, off-site storage is the catalyst for the colocation data center.

For many companies, renting data center space offers a practical solution to any IT budget. Colocation services provides  a physical space for companies to host their  computing hardware and servers. A colocation data center is also an optimal environment to access power and cooling infrastructure, which is provided at a much lower cost and better efficiency standards than a most in house IT infrastructures can provide.


"A data center is a place. Colocation is a service."

Who needs Colocation?

Is your business limited on space but you need a robust IT infrastructure?

For secure data storage, IT infrastructure dependability, better connectivity and capability, a Colocation data center is the solution.

Colocation benefits businesses of all sizes. Small businesses can obtain the features of a large IT department without a large investment. Medium to larger-sized organizations can scale their data storage capacity without costly construction or facility leasing. Colocation also enables businesses to store equipment in a secure data center facility with bandwidth, power and a public IP address included.

9 Benefits of a Colocation Data center

1. Reliability

Whilst some companies invest in equipment and measures to implement and house their IT infrastructure, this can require a significant amount of money, personnel and space.

Datacenter the Factory Colocation facility in the Netherlands offers any company, server cooling systems, power and communication systems that ensure constant connection.

Data centers also offer greater protection from power outages because of the numerous data backups in place.

2. Performance 

For optimal performance, electronic equipment  performs best in a temperature-controlled, dust-free environment. At Datacenter the Factory, our Colocation solutions provides companies with redundant cooling systems and this helps to ensure that air is flowing optimally and an acceptable temperature is maintained. 

3. Physical Security 

Data centers are designed to reduce the risks that can compromise the security of your data. At Datacenter the Factory, we provide high levels of physical protection and enforce stringent measures for securing data such as video monitoring, private colocation suites, and fire detection systems.

4. Monitoring and Maintenance 

In many cases, companies only begin to think about server support equipment after there is an issue. At Datacenter the Factory, we monitor and maintain support systems and have staff to ensure that servers are running at optimal performance.

5. Speed 

At Datacenter the Factory Colocation facility, we offer cost-effective connectivity directly to multiple Internet service providers and provide top performance in the event of connection interruption or overload.


6. Skilled Staff 

Data centers have IT staff on-site to monitor and maintain servers. At Datacenter the Factory, our team of IT experts utilize high-performance equipment to design, build, and manage your organizations IT infrastructure.

7. Scalability 

Colocation offers your company the flexibility to scale up or down easily, while allowing you to pay only for the space and bandwidth you need.

8. Risk Management 

Data breaches and natural disasters happen, but when your critical equipment operates at an off-site data center, Datacenter the Factory deliver security and backups  to ensure that your continue operations.

9. Better Connectivity 

At Datacenter the Factory, we operate redundant network connections to ensure that your business-critical applications always run uninterrupted.


Datacenter the Factory

At Netherlands Datacenter the Factory, we offer a selection of  colocation solutions

Our highly skilled and certified IT professionals deliver software installations and migrations. We resolve system malfunctions, route connections, and provide an end to end service that reflects our best-in-class managed services.

How to select a datacenter with the best Interconnection ecosystem?
Datacenter Interconnection solutions Netherlands

Being connected is not enough for today’s businesses

To be efficient and keep customers and internal stakeholders engaged, now and in the future, organizations need to champion true interconnectivity.

Interconnection is an IT strategy that enables companies to directly, privately, and securely exchange data.

Whether you’re a national business, a global enterprise in multiple markets, or a SaaS provider, Interconnection is essential for connecting to customers and partners.


Who needs Interconnection?

Almost all businesses, across every sector, have been impacted by the transition to cloud services and the need to connect one cloud or data center to another is at the heart of new global business models.

Cloud adaptation and digital content delivery and services are driving significant demand for Interconnect among service providers, but data center interconnect (DCI) is also becoming more crucial for other industries.

Content is a big driver for Interconnection, with traditional networks increasingly taxed by video traffic, e-sports, rich media, and streaming music increasing demand for DCI. Further, the rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to exacerbate bandwidth challenges with billions of new devices coming online.

Due to the nature of traffic moving between data centers or public clouds, dedicated low latency, high bandwidth interconnection becomes more desirable.

Why is Interconnection important?

The rapid migration to Cloud and diversification in the types of Cloud is one of the primary reasons for the growing importance of Interconnection.

Interconnections ecosystems have the inherent ability to seamlessly support simultaneous connections to diverse entities and IT components thereby establishing a sophisticated network architecture that significantly reduces costs and improves performance.
By cohesively integrating digital infrastructure and services at software-defined speeds in a secure environment, Interconnection accelerates scalability and ramps up network agility to build a strong foundation of an always-ready digital ecosystem.

What are the different types of datacenter Interconnection?

The public nature of the Internet means that you cannot predict any sort of latency or jitter.

By cohesively integrating digital infrastructure and services at software-defined speeds in a secure environment, Interconnection accelerates scalability and ramps up network agility to build a strong foundation of an always-ready digital ecosystem.

Interconnection can be broadly categorized in four types:

Peering Exchange

A Peering Exchange is the direct connection between two or more network carriers without any third-party involvement. Usually carried out through an Internet Exchange Point (IXP), Peering Exchanges ensure that a network can seamlessly peer with multiple other networks through a single connection

Cross Connect

Cross-connect refers to the direct hardware linkage (via cables, cords, etc.) between multiple IT components within a Data Center.

Colocation Data Centers offer an added advantage by facilitating seamless connectivity to multiple Cloud Service Providers and Internet Service Providers through a single cross-connect within the same Data Center premise.

Inter-Site Connectivity

Inter-site connectivity is a physical or virtual link between two or more facilities in the Colocation Data Center’s network. The fundamental idea with this type of Interconnection is to provide limitless scale and network-leveraging properties within a single facility.

Load balancing, traffic management, and undisrupted connections are some of the tangible benefits, along with access to remote locations through regional Interconnection hubs.

Blended IP

Blended IP involves a Colocation Data Center working with upstream carriers and multiple ISPs to create an SLA-backed solution. Such network architectures develop a variety of redundancies, thus ensuring a seamless performance across providers. It saves the organisation from negotiating with different ISPs and delivers better transitions than a single provider.

How to Choose A Data Center with The Best Interconnection Ecosystem?

Choosing the right Data Center depends on multiple factors. Much depends on the traffic and capacity needs of the organization, dividing the priorities between scalability and pay-as-you-go models.
In line with the organization’s data management objectives, an ideal Data Center should address the following:

1. Carrier Neutrality

Carrier availability is one of the few make-or-break decision parameters for any enterprise. With the proliferation of multiple Telcos, ISPs, CSPs, and Internet Exchanges, the need for a ‘home base’ that is neutral and one that offers the maximum choice of these service providers becomes overwhelmingly imperative.
It is precisely in this context that Interconnection becomes so crucial. Since each organization has its own set of vendors of choice for different services, an ideal Data Center should have a robust and carrier-agnostic Interconnection ecosystem that ensures that organizations have a wide range of vendor choices that cohesively integrate with their existing WAN ecosystem.

2. Locational Proximity

When mapping out the physical route of the network, the shortest distance possible must be aimed for. Since the latency (a measure of time) increases as data travels from one Data Center to another, Interconnection should happen at carrier-neutral exchange points that are in close proximity to each other.

3. Scalability

High capacity and seamless scalability should be facilitated without a massive infusion of CAPEX. Data Centers with cohesive Interconnection networks allow the system to margin and support applications from the metro to sub-sea areas within a single platform.
With the rapidly changing demand for network availability, the Interconnection network should be such that it seamlessly facilitates reactive load sharing during traffic spikes.

4. Instant Access to Multiple ISPs, IXs, CDNs, and CSPs

An ideal Data Center provider will have long-term partnerships with all the major Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Internet Exchanges (IXs), Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). This not only ensures that organizations have a wide range of service providers to choose from but only makes rapid scalability a relatively easy task by aggregating resources for enhanced flexibility.

5. Integration with Financial Services

Consumer-facing industries such as e-commerce, health, finance, and public services need a seamless Interconnection network between different service providers and third-party organizations. This includes banks, payment gateways, payment processors, certifying authorities, CSPs, etc. An ideal Data Center provider may also facilitate connections with all major financial service providers for cohesive data transmissions and operational transitions.


Advancements in the Interconnection ecosystem have set new benchmarks for virtualization and scalability. With IT teams running to ramp up the flexibility within their systems, an organization should look for Data Center providers that can leverage the back-office applications with highly programmable platforms.

In all scenarios, the digital transformation must break the traditional confines of IT , delivering capacity and processing power on demand.
Interconnection at distributed points in vendor-neutral, Colocation Data Centers is how this can be achieved going forwards.


Datacenter the Factory

Netherlands Datacenter the Factory‘s robust Interconnection ecosystem offers an unparalleled diversity of Internet Service Providers, Internet Exchanges, and physical as well as virtual cross-connects.
Comprising of a rich fabric of local, regional, national, and global Tier 1 Carriers,  ISPs, and major Content Delivery Networks Datacenter the Factory’s robust Interconnection ecosystem facilitates flawless connectivity to Europe’s largest Peering Exchanges such as DE-CIX, NL-IX, LINX, and MIX.

Whether you are a network carrier, regional ISP, telecom operator, retail enterprise, or a colocation service provider, Datacenter the Factory ‘s network connectivity partnerships enable companies the scalability and performance needed to connect globally.

What is IP Transit?
ip transit

If your company utilizes the Internet in any capacity, then you may be familiar with IP transit 

Internet transit is the service where a network operator allows smaller Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to pass through their network to connect to the rest of the Internet.

Having a better understanding of IP transit will allow you to make better decisions about how your business accesses the Internet and how your customers reach your applications and services.


What is the Internet?

The Internet is a series of smaller networks all linked together across the globe. The term “information superhighway” can be considered as the network roads  that connects people and places all across the world to one another.

Sending and receiving information across the Internet requires you to transit one or more third-party networks to reach your destination.

Carrier-Neutral Datacenters are important to the global Internet infrastructure because Datacenters enable “Internet traffic routes” between multiple Internet carriers, colocation providers, and their respective customers.

Tier 1 Internet Service Providers

Tier 1 Internet service providers have a global reach. They are connected and act as channels to connect the globe. Foremost, Tier 1 Internet Service providers are the backbone of the Internet. Tier 1 networks are interconnected by design to the lower Tier 2 and Tier 3 networks.

Tier 2 Internet Service Providers

Tier 2 providers have many physical locations and data centers. They typically peer with each other free of charge to expand their delivery capability and avoid using Tier 1 networks.

Tier 3 Internet Service Providers

Tier 3 providers are primarily local ISPs. Local ISPs typically purchase smaller portions of IP transit through a Tier 2 provider to avoid the higher costs of going directly to a Tier 1 provider.
However, depending on how well an ISP is connected, each tier of IP transit can have varying quality levels.

In order to scale your company’s growth, your IP transit provider must have robust Internet connectivity.

Datacenter Internet

With the help of dynamic routing, datacenter connections can be redundant with multiple Internet providers.” This redundancy can be achieved with automatic traffic balancing instead of the “main/backup” type of redundancy. Such traffic balancing can be achieved with the use of blended traffic.
Blended IP transit enables the network administrator to set policies for intelligent routing decisions. Blended IP transit provides routers the ability to find alternative connections if the default path is unavailable which improves connection speeds and reduces downtime.

What are the differences between Domestic, Blended, and International IP transit?

If your company is looking for the highest availability and performance for your hosted services, Blended IP transit is performance-optimized as its providers are connected to multiple Tier 1 networks and public peering exchanges, ensuring fast, low latency connections.

Blended IP transit provides a reliable Internet connection, preventing potential access interruptions that could obstruct business operations. This resilient connectivity reduces possible access interruptions and disruption of revenue streams.
More importantly, using multiple ISPs at the same time isolates companies from issues within ISP networks. When using multiple ISPs, the BGP will automatically reroute traffic over to another ISP if one goes down.

What are the benefits of IP Transit?

While standard residential  Internet connections typically have one ISP, a business often needs redundant ISPs for mitigating situations when the main provider encounters issues.
Using blended IP traffic solutions provide companies with the ability to use multiple ISPs. If one ISP goes down, the BGP will reroute traffic using another ISP. Blended transit provides a reliable Internet connection, eliminating potential access interruptions that may hamper business operations.

Datacenter the Factory

Netherlands Datacenter the Factory provides carrier-neutral data center interconnection services from our headquarters in Roermond and point of presence locations in Amsterdam and across Western Europe.  Through our partnerships with leading European carrier interconnects and Internet Exchange Points, Factory Datacenter provides the fastest and most reliable Dedicated Internet Connectivity, Interconnection, IP Transit, Layer 2 Transport, and MPLS.

Whether you are a network carrier, regional ISP, telecom operator, retail enterprise, or a colocation service provider, Datacenter the Factory ‘s network connectivity partnerships enable companies the scalability and performance needed to connect globally.

What is Datacenter Peering?

Peering Vs IP Transit


In today’s Internet, two forms of interconnection exists between networks: IP transit and Peering. Transit and peering are options that determine how traffic streams the Internet. Oftentimes “IP Transit” and “Peering” are considered to be commutable; however it’s important to understand the similarities and differences between the two services as both can provide benefits when expanding your network.

What Is IP Transit?

IP transit is simply a connection to the internet or the service of allowing traffic to “transit” a network. IP Transit on its most basic level is a paid service that allows a network to connect to other networks on the internet through an upstream provider.


What Is Peering?

Peering is a process where two Internet networks connect and exchange traffic. Each network directly hands-off traffic between customers, they do this with each other,  without having to pay a third party to carry the traffic across the Internet for them. When it comes to peering, there are two options; paid and settlement-free. Paid peering is nearly identical to settlement-free peering except paid peering has a monthly recurring charge to access each peer’s downstream network.

Why is this Important?

It’s important for you to identify which Internet solution works best for you and your network needs. Datacenter the Factory offers IP Transit services at both a bandwidth commitment level as well as a unique pay-for usage, flexibility, and scalability solution.

Peering : Internet Exchange Point access

Datacenter the Factory can offer your network access to a variety of Internet exchange providers (IXP) across Europe and North America

Cloud service providers, communications carriers and content delivery networks (CDNs) can benefit from accessing a neutral Internet exchange, such as NL-IX, DE-CIX, LINX, MIX-IT, and the SPEEDIX.

Benefits of Peering at an Internet Exchange Point
  • Manage cross connection expenses.
  • Reduce wholesale IP capacity requirements.
  • Scale Internet traffic capacity quickly.
  • Improve network resilience and reliability.
  • Better manage and reduce latency.
  • Peer with many networks over a single physical port.
  • Access a route server to simplify peering connections and configurations.
  • Peer with networks that may not be on an initial consideration set.

Datacenter the Factory connects via public peering partner and Internet Exchange Points (IXP’s), to shorten the Internet path taken by for critical business traffic, which can deliver a faster, higher quality, and a more dependable connection. 

When private connectivity is required, Datacenter the Factory leverages its presence at major colocation facilities to offer private connectivity.

3 benefits of a Carrier Neutral Datacenter

Colocation Datacenters

Carrier neutral datacenter

Colocation datacenters provide a wide range of services and advantages to organizations looking to unburden themselves from the expense and hassle of maintaining their own private, on-premises IT infrastructure.
Making the move to a data center is no small step. Aside from the initial questions of server space, rack deployment density, power availability, and cooling capabilities, organizations also need to think about the additional benefits colocation facilities can offer them

What is a Carrier-Neutral Data Center?

A colocation data center offers physical and virtual space for companies to store and manage their servers and data infrastructure. In many cases, these companies are running their entire service-based businesses through a data center. By eliminating the high costs of maintaining their own infrastructure, they can focus their existing IT resources on other tasks that provide positive benefits to their business in the form of innovation and research.

However, the data center is only one piece of the infrastructure puzzle. The other pieces are the Internet service providers (ISPs) that connect an organization’s network to the internet, which allow them to reach customers and conduct everyday business.

A carrier-neutral facility is simply a data center that is entirely independent of these network providers. It is not owned and operated by a single ISP, instead offering a wide variety of connection options to its colocation customers. 

What are the advantages of a carrier neutral datacenter?

Single-carrier facilities are defined by their restrictions, but that doesn’t have to apply to colocation data center providers in general. There are a number of advantages that come from partnering with a carrier-neutral facility over a single-carrier data center.


In today’s data-driven economy, maintaining service uptime is critically important to most companies’ business operations. Carrier-neutral data centers offer a level of ISP redundancy that simply isn’t possible with their single-carrier counterparts.

By connecting multiple carriers to critical IT systems, organizations can ensure that even in the event of one carrier’s service outage, the other carrier can keep systems up and running and connected without a hitch. More importantly, by blending multiple ISPs together, carrier-neutral data centers can provide superior security to protect customers from crippling DDoS attacks and other cybersecurity threats.

This level of risk mitigation and service redundancy ensures that companies will be able to keep their operations up and running even under duress. It also protects them from the threat of data breaches, which can devastate an organization financially and inflict irreparable brand damage.

Since carrier-neutrality also allows colocation data center providers to deliver services over a single cross-connect, there are far fewer links in the connectivity chain. This contributes to better overall uptime reliability and security.


As organizations grow, they need service partners that can scale along with them. The options provided by a carrier-neutral facility allow companies to always match their needs with the ideal ISP and cloud provider, both in terms of service and physical infrastructure.

In a data center deployment, the physical arrangement of cables, routers, and servers can make a difference in performance. The basic principles of networking may be similar across facilities, but single-carrier facilities may not offer the same benefits in terms of data center interconnections, disaster recovery options, or MSP bundled services.

With a carrier-neutral environment, companies have all the options they could ever want at their disposal whether they’re just getting established or looking to grow rapidly. With all the advantages offered by carrier-neutral data centers, single-carrier facilities are finding it increasingly difficult to compete; some are even choosing to make the switch, offering limited carrier-neutral services to customers.

For organizations looking to maximize their colocation investment, however, the best option remains a true carrier-neutral facility built from the ground up to provide the freedom needed to build the most reliable and cost-effective IT infrastructures.

Cost Savings

By offering multiple connection options to colocation data center customers, ISPs have a strong competition incentive to keep their prices low and provide better services.

If customers are not pleased with their current ISP within a data center, it’s a simple matter of switching providers without disrupting their operations. Furthermore, not all companies require the same level of ISP connection from their data center. Organizations that make extensive use of edge computing with Internet of Things (IoT) devices or streaming content can’t afford to be stuck with subpar connectivity. A carrier-neutral facility gives them the opportunity to select the provider that most closely meets their business needs.

What is Datacenter Interconnection?

Datacenter and network virtualization

datacenter interconnection

The ever-increasing demand for the Data-Center and network virtualization has gained the attention of the service provider’s network architecture educating  them to think in the direction of load-sharing and distributed workloads. It has also become a way to connect various Data Centers in the cloud using SDN to allocate resources as per the requirement, automatically.

What is Datacenter Interconnection?

For data center and telecommunication networks, interconnection is the physical linking of one network to another to mutually exchange traffic. Back in the early internet days of the mid-90s, interconnection was between networks and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Today, interconnection is the ecosystem that powers digital business, extending the capability of networks by providing virtual or physical connectivity to customers, providers, suppliers, or other business locations, to just about wherever you require.

What are the different types of Interconnection?


A physical link (usually a patch cord) that connects two parts of a network. Cross-connects are used to connect different services, different customers, or different applications and provide an essential point of flexibility in the physical network infrastructure.


A collection of data centers on a single site. Ultra-high fiber counts are required between the data centers in order to provide cross-connects between customers and/or services located in different buildings. Applications are usually sharing content and data, providing back-ups, and enabling greater resiliency.


Dedicated high-speed, low-latency connection between data centers in the same metro area.

Service Exchange

Create private, fast connections to multiple clouds or providers across regions or continents.

Internet Exchange

Connect with telecom, cloud, and content providers on a unified, high-performance, high-speed network.

What is a 42U Server Cabinet?

What is a 42U Server Cabinet?

Suitable for scaling companies, application workloads, and network PoP’s, (Point of Presence), individual cabinets in our 42u server cabinets at our Amsterdam colocation datacenter facility offer companies the ability to maximize the potential of their servers. As servers are the most important component of a network system, it’s crucial to take care of them.

Whilst organizations of all types and sizes can be affected by server failure, there are methods that you can employ to prolong the life of your server to keep it running seamlessly. At our Amsterdam colocation facility, Datacenter the Factory is the ideal environment to minimize the impact of server failure.

What is a 42U Server rack used for?

One of our most frequently requested colocation services provided by Datacenter the factory is 42U Server rack cabinets. A server rack houses and organizes critical IT systems which can be assembled to support a wide range of IT requirements. Also known as a server rack cabinet, server racks are typically located in a datacenter environment, though they are sometimes used in small computer closets.

Importantly, for your business server, a variety of events can lead to the failure of a server instance, and often one failure occurrence can lead to another. 

Loss of power, hardware malfunction, operating system crashes, overheating, and unexpected application behavior can all contribute to instances of server failure.

A 42U server rack houses and organizes server equipment over 6 feet and can be configured to support a wide range of critical IT systems.

What are the advantages of choosing a 42u server rack?


Business Servers are often expensive pieces of hardware that can cost thousands of Euros. Securing sensitive data held on your server helps to minimize the risk of tampering or theft. A 42u server rack keeps your server secure and it comes with doors that can be locked.

Easy to maintain

A 42U server rack is easy to maintain. Keeping cables labeled and organized will prevent cords from becoming tangled and interfering with network lines. Keeping your server cabinet clean can also prevent the risk of contaminants like dust that can cause downtime.

Scalable space

A 42u server rack is spacious and businesses may add more servers to the racks at any time. A 42RU rack will hold 6 feet in height of servers. For larger companies, you will likely need several full racks, and as your business operations grow, you may require much more space much sooner than you anticipated.


An enclosed server rack restricts the airflow to the server. As a result, the server runs the risk of being overheated. A 42U server rack ensures even distribution of airflow. Therefore, the risk of damage related to overheating is minimal.

With colocation datacenter solutions from a Full 42u rack to a full suite, datacenter the factory datacenter is the perfect carrier and cloud-neutral colocation datacenter environment for highly secure mission-critical IT systems.

With 10+ data center connectivity partners spanning 8+ Western European countries, Netherlands Factory datacenter provides retail and enterprise operations customers, leading colocation and interconnection to Europe’s most popular cities and metros.

Factory datacenter is headquartered in the Netherlands at Roermond Datacenter the Factory Westhoven 6c 6042

You can find the Factory datacenter at the following service locations: