Category: Datacenter

How to Get the Most from Your Colocation Data Center

How to Get the Most from Your Colocation Data Center

Colocation data centers are an effective way for businesses in Europe to reduce capital expenses. By sharing building infrastructure, physical security, and mechanical equipment, using a colocation data center provides flexible and secure colocation hosting and Interconnection solutions designed to help you optimize your IT network performance.However, not all data center experiences are created equally.

Datacenter the Factory explores what to look for in a reliable colocation data center for the best possible experience. By following best practices, your company can get more out of your data center footprint while contributing to a better data center experience for everyone.

Consolidate Server space

Before migrating your data, have an idea of how much server space you’ll need. If you haven’t consolidated your servers, develop a consolidation plan and keep business continuity in mind. 

Keep Data center cabinet space clean

Most colocation data center providers have a strict policy for cleanliness. At our Roermond  Datacenter facility, we pride ourselves on it. The importance of keeping your data center cabinet environment clean shouldn’t be overstated.  Lint, dust, and fibers can damage IT equipment over time and when statically charged can interfere with servers. It’s also crucial to remove any packaging materials as soon as possible because many are flammable. 

In addition to keeping your server space clean, it’s important to keep common areas clean. Break rooms, hallways, and shared workspaces are benefits for all Factory Datacenter tenants to use. Treat the shared areas of a colocation data center as if it were your own office. 

Consider airflow management

Well-thought-out cabling and placement of equipment could have a significant impact on cooling efficiency. Datacenter the Factory can help you to plan your data center design, set up your equipment, and provide managed data center services, making your datacenter footprint as efficient as possible.

Understand the security policy

ISO and PCI compliant data centers follow strict security policies to ensure that they and their tenants remain in compliance. The factory Datacenter is built with security in mind. Layered security is just the start. Want to know more? Our friendly team is available to chat.

Read your contract

Most colocation contracts are set for 36 months, so you’ll want to make sure your company is aware of and comfortable with all aspects of the contract. Make sure the SLAs meet your company’s standards for availability. Know when your contract comes up for renewal so you can plan accordingly. Re-evaluate your business goals and the IT requirements necessary to meet them months before your contract is up. Your colocation data center should be upfront and honest about how these terms work. It’s how we do things at the Factory datacenter.

Interested to learn more? We’re always willing to show you around or talk out our process. Visit us at Westhoven 6c 6042NV Roermond, NL

3 reasons why companies choose the Netherlands for Colocation Hosting

3 reasons why companies choose the Netherlands for Colocation Hosting

The increasing volume of digitalization across end-use industries is significantly propelling more companies to opt for datacenter colocation hosting to address data storage, power, and connectivity performance, without substantial upfront costs. According to Statista, “the amount of data created, captured, copied, and consumed worldwide is expected to grow from around 59 zettabytes (ZB) in 2020 to around 149 ZB in 2024.”

Increased Digitalization

With the digitalization of the economy accelerating the urgency for greater IT agility, adaptability, and transformation, for today’s enterprise, there is an even greater urgency for business enterprise IT solutions.

As new technologies serve a reshaped consumer and workforce, advancements in computing, storage, and connectivity are increasing in sophistication and scale.

In 2019, Google announced its plan to invest US$1.1 billion to further expand its data center capacity in the Netherlands by building a new data center, along with the expansion of its existing data center in Eemshaven, Groningen.

With the rising number of cloud and IT services providers and global market players expanding their data center facilities, the Netherlands data center colocation market is booming.

International Network Connectivity

As one of the best-connected cities in Europe, the Netherlands is a key hub for international business.
According to the European Union’s Digital Economy and Society Index, The Netherlands ranks first for connectivity.

Home to numerous multinationals, retail corporates, startups, incubators, accelerators, universities, and tech partners, creating a strong tech ecosystem for the region and attracting a talented engineering pool, Amsterdam is a key data center location for international network connectivity, attracting cloud providers, media firms, and network operators across Europe.

According to Digital Realty’s recently published Data Gravity Index DGx™ – which measures the creation, aggregation and private exchange of enterprise data across 53 metros –Amsterdam has one of the highest data gravity intensity scores in the world, driven by thriving technology and financial services communities.

Through our partnership with Digital Realty, leading provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral data center services across EMEA,Datcenter the Factory, Roermond, Netherlands, offers more choice and more value than ever before.

Our carrier neutral Netherlands data center is strategically positioned to support enterprises and service providers by delivering the full spectrum of datacenter, colocation, and interconnection solutions.

Considering opening European headquarters, retail, logistics, or manufacturing? or, are you ready to expand your business footprint? The Netherlands is open for business.

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Modern Colocation Facilities

With customers across every industry market, the Netherlands is the ideal environment for colocation hosting and interconnection. 

At Datacenter the Factory, we provide flexible and secure colocation hosting and  Interconnection solutions designed to help you optimize your IT network performance.

Our proven track record of experience and expertise make Factory Datacenter in Roermond, the Netherlands,  the ideal place for housing your mission-critical IT infrastructure.

Contact us today.

What is Datacenter Colocation?

What is Datacenter Colocation?

Datacenter colocation

What is Colocation?

Colocation, colo, or co-located describes the practice of renting datacenter space to companies‘ to use to house servers and other IT hardware.

Typically, a company will own its IT hardware though physically house the IT equipment in a colocation data center.

Colocation service providers facilitate datacenter colocation housing. Colocation housing solutions include network connectivity, physical security, redundant power and, redundant cooling components which maintain and support the servers and storage provided by the customer. 

What is a Datacenter Colocation Rack?

Whatever your data center project, Datacenter the Factory is an ideal option.  Notably, there is a distinct difference between the type of colocation space that data centers rent to companies.

Wholesale colocation describes renting out an entire data center to a company.

Retail colocation means that multiple companies rent out a specific amount of colocation rack space.(Also known as a multi-tenant data center (MTDC)

A colocation rack is a physical steel and electronic framework that is designed to house servers, networking devices, cables, and other data center computing equipment.

Other types of data center housing space include data center cages and private data center suites.

Top 5 benefits of Datacenter Colocation for your Business

IT Scalability

A common driver for companies that choose to outsource their IT space to a colocation provider is that they’ve outgrown their existing data solution.

A colocation data center can securely accommodate and adapt to customers changing needs. Service level agreements allow the flexibility for a company to scale services as needed. 


Extensive connectivity is a key benefit of colocation and a key driver for why companies undertake a data center migration Vs building their own private facility. 

Carrier-neutral data centers are not tied to any one service provider (telecommunications, ISP, or other) providing diversity and flexibility for the client seeking service

With multiple Internet service providers, network services, and cloud platforms to choose from, colocation customers can easily build the network infrastructure to meet their specific needs


Uptime reliability can vary from provider to provider, but it can be one of the outstanding benefits of colocation.  A colocation data center offering >99.99999% uptime reliability, for instance, experiences less than 3.15 seconds of downtime throughout the course of a year. Considering that the average business loses about $300,000 per hour of downtime, finding a provider with a proven reliability track record is essential.

Security and Compliance

Maintaining data security is one of the most important goals for any company. Apart from the legal and ethical obligations of GDPR and to safeguard customer data, Colocation data centers implement state-of-the-art security precautions.

Dedicated IT resources

Establishing a private data center is a significant capital expense and also incurs sizable, and  ongoing operating costs.

Outsourcing data center infrastructure to a colocation facility frees up valuable IT capacity, allowing an organization to focus more on its business goals rather than troubleshooting its IT infrastructure on an ongoing basis. 

Although a data center migration can be a major undertaking for an organization, the benefits of colocation are substantial. By outsourcing the expense of a large IT team, or a private data center, companies can instead focus their resources and effort. By establishing a data center business plan with Datacenter the Factory, an organization can realize significant benefits from a  colocation data center solution.


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Top 5 Datacenter Trends forecast for 2021

Top 5 Data Center Trends You Need to Know in 2021

Europe Datacenter Market

Expected to post a year-over-year growth rate of 18.30%, the datacenter market is forecast to grow by USD 519.34 billion during the period 2021-2025. Source: technavio

With no signs of slowing, from small to hyper-scale, the increasing demand for colocation opportunities, and the implementation of 5G technologies, new data centers are being constructed closer to the data origins as the market positions itself for remarkable growth.

1. Hyperscale

Accelerated by the pandemic, “the move to digitization has accelerated, and the benefits will be permanent,” says KPMG’s Carande.

Digitization has occurred across nearly every industry. According to Cisco systems, data center IP traffic will reach 20.6 ZB by the end of 2021, an increase of nearly 7ZB since 2016.

The largest driver for fuelling data center capacity is generated from cloud services providers and the IT industry. Owing to the increasing demand from the hyper-scale vendors, Europe is increasingly becoming a primary hotspot for the colocation industry. With over 2148 facilities across the region, it’s estimated that Europe’s colocation footprint will dominate the global market.

2. IOT growth

As more people adopt smart technologies in their place of business and in their homes, the IoT market is expected to grow by 140%    ( over $50 billion ) by 2022. Source: Juniper research

Juniper foresees the rise of edge computing and a larger investment in edge datacenters from hyper scale colocation providers such as Amazon.

3. Green energy

Sustainability issues will be a big trend in 2021. Not only are regions where data centers are located starting to concentrate on water consumption, but energy consumption and emissions are also a growing concern. In response, expect many data centers to start investing in renewable resources and engage in discussions that focus on this industry challenge.

Look for data centers to find ways to not only reduce their impact on the environment but also ways to help other sectors as well, as with waste heat recycling.

4. Automation

Driven by the need for social distancing, to limit contact, more data centers will shift to remote capabilities for monitoring, and services such as remote hands. Further, a 2020 survey of data center managers confirm that staffing issues are still a concern and are likely to drive the need for automation. Source: Uptime Institute

5. Colocation

Globally, hyperscale platforms such as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Facebook, and other digitally-driven giants have leased mega volumes of capacity at a rapid rate. The scale and velocity of this growth have changed the data center colocation business dramatically. Much of this hypergrowth happened in established datacenter markets such as Amsterdam, and Frankfurt service locations Source: global market insights

When choosing a data center provider or a colocation facility, a versatile infrastructure, remote hands, infrastructure monitoring providing full transparency, and multiple security layers with full redundancy to ensure your data is always safe, get in touch with Datacenter the Factory today.