Because the Sacramento Area is considered seismically neutral, many San Francisco Bay Area companies colocate their servers in the Sacramento region rather than within active seismic areas.
This also means several data center options for businesses in cities ranging from Sacramento to Rancho Cordova to Elk Grove to Davis.
Data centers come in different shapes and sizes, but they all ultimately serve the same purpose for businesses — a secured area for essential business applications and data. They can also play a role in business continuity.
The network infrastructure within these centers includes servers, routers, switches, firewalls, and storage systems. Other physical infrastructure components are air cooling, fire prevention equipment, and backup power supplies.
The location of these facilities is often associated with the presence of “diverse-path fiber,” which means there is service from two or more separate internet backbones entering the building. If one backbone is cut or otherwise compromised, there will be continued internet connectivity via the other pipe(s).
Here is an overview of nine data centers in the Greater Sacramento area.
Sacramento Data Center Providers
NTT Data Center
NTT Communications’ flagship data center is its 250,000-square-foot Sacramento CA1 building. The CA2 data center is at the same address.
NTT opened its CA3 data center under the former RagingWire brand in 2015.
In RagingWire’s promotional video (no soundtrack), the company seems to be targeting Silicon Valley and San Francisco companies with this facility.
Located near NTT’s CA3 building, QTS’s Sacramento facility is about a quarter the size of NTT’s.
QTS has 46,000 sq. ft. of 24″ raised floor space, a Zone 4 standard steel beam “super support” system, and roof space with access available for client antenna installations.
QTS has 23 data centers in the United States, including six in Virginia.
Succeed.net’s “mini” data center site is in downtown Sacramento. The company offers 1/4 rack, 1/2 rack, and full rack pricing.
DataNOC’s Sacramento colocation facility includes offerings for SMBs, with pricing for 1/4 rack, 1/2 rack, full rack, and full cabinets. Staff is on-site 24/7/365 to assist customers.
Rancho Cordova Colocation Facilities
There is a cluster of four colocation facilities within several blocks in Rancho Cordova. DataNOC is not far away.
Datacate has 5,000 feet of raised flooring in its Rancho Cordova colocation facility. The site is staffed 24/7 and has both battery and generator power backup. The Datacate building has a fully climate-controlled environment.
Datacate emphasizes its local, personal service.
Sungard Availability Services
At almost 30,000 sq. ft. of raised floor space, Sungard’s facility is the largest in the Rancho Cordova data center cluster.
Sungard has hardened data and recovery centers in 45 locations across the globe. The company focuses on making sure its customer are resilient in the face of many threats to data security and business continuity.
According to EdgeConneX, “The Sacramento EdgeConneX Edge Data Center® (EDC) has been purpose-built and precisely located in order to provide a secure colocation facility for customers wishing to deliver content and applications to local-market consumers, with the lowest possible latency.
Partnering with network and cable operators at the local level, our carrier-neutral facility guarantees the shortest and fastest routes for delivering content to local market subscribers (consumer and enterprise) and Internet customers.”
This SAC01 facility has 6,700 sq. ft. of raised floor for tenant racks.
Conscious Data Centers
Conscious Data Centers (CCDC) is a Tier III facility with an emphasis on green.
CCDC has a dedicated power substation attached to the facility to provide a reliable source of power.
Orthogonal Cooling™ is a patented data center cooling technology that enables CCDC to operate the center efficiently as possible.
Prime Data Centers
Prime Data Centers has fully leased out its SAC1 data center and is planning a SAC2 data center.
Quest has a High Availability Business Center (HABC) and Business Resumption Center (BRC) in McClellan Park.
Quest’s emphasis is the ability to continue business operations after a disaster. Beyond data services, there are easily accessible workspaces and facilities on the campus.
Why Use A Data Center?
While many businesses are embracing cloud technology and the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, there are some very good reasons to continue using a data center. There are also some advantages of using data centers that are not available from SaaS vendors.
Common reasons for using a data center include:
The level of control over business data is far greater using a data center than a third-party service provider. This is especially important when threats like ransomware are on the rise and threaten to wipe out a business entirely in one attack.
Security & Governance
Highly regulated industries like healthcare, insurance, and finance must provide official security protocol documentation.
Businesses that rely on third-party providers may find it difficult if an auditor requests to see the service provider’s documentation.
This potential conflict is rendered moot when using a data center.
There’s No “Middle Man”
Data has to live somewhere. With a cloud-based services provider, they may be relying wholly on or in part on a different data center provider.
If the data center a SaaS provider utilizes goes down, businesses have to rely on the SaaS provider to communicate with the data center, rather than dealing with their own data center directly.
A Changing Business Model
Competition from Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure has driven smaller data center competitors to expand their offerings beyond just colocation services.
Many companies listed above now offer a comprehensive suite of services, including digital transformation and managed IT services.
There are many data center options available for Northern California businesses. Some centers are geared toward smaller businesses. Others are principally set up for larger Bay Area enterprises.
Most Sacramento data centers offer tours. Taking a tour of the facility will help you assess the fit of a given facility to your business.