Because the Sacramento, California area is considered to be seismically-neutral, many San Francisco Bay Area companies colocate their servers in the Sacramento area rather than within an active seismic zone.
This also means that there are a number of available data center options for businesses in cities ranging from the City of 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 important business applications and data. They are also an important part of business continuity.
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 service continuity from the other pipe(s).
Here is an overview of some of the data centers in the Greater Sacramento area.
Sacramento Data Center Providers
NTT Data Center
NTT Communications opened its new CA3 data center under the former Raging Wire brand in 2015.
At 180,000 square feet, this is the largest data center in the Sacramento area.
In Raging Wire’s promotional video (no soundtrack), it appears that the company is targeting Silicon Valley and San Francisco companies with this facility.
Located near NTT’s C3 building, QTS’s Sacramento facility is about a quarter the size of RagingWire’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 24 data centers worldwide.
Level 3 has over 350 data centers worldwide, including one in Sacramento and one in West Sacramento.
Level 3 has three tiers of data center: Premier; Premier Select; and Premier Elite. Level 3’s West Sacramento facility is part of the Premier Select tier. The Premier Select tier offers:
- Power densities up to 75W per square foot
- Redundant systems
- 24 x 7 customer access
- On-call staffing and support
- AC/DC power
- 100% uptime SLA
The Sacramento data center is categorized as Premier. It offers “ideal data storage and archival solution with multiple sites within a region for local diversity.”
Succeed.net’s data center is located in downtown Sacramento. The company offers starter packages for SMBs, with an entry-level package of 1U of rack space and a dedicated IP at $85 per month.
Rancho Cordova Colocation Facilities
Three colocation facilities are clustered within several blocks of one another in Rancho Cordova. The fourth, DataNOC, is not far away.
Datacate’s flagship colo facility is in Rancho Cordova. The company also has three other data centers in the United States. This is one of the smaller area data centers with 5,000 sq. ft. raised floor and 4,000 sq. ft. for future expansion.
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 over 80 locations worldwide.
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 facility has 6,700 sq. ft. of raised floor for tenant racks.
DataNOC includes offerings for SMBs, with a starting package for $89 per month for one server of “any size or shape” — with 2 amps of power and 200 GB of backup storage. The company also offers full cabinets.
Other Data Center Locations
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 simply not available from SaaS vendors.
Common reasons for using a datacenter 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 need to provide official documentation of security protocols.
Businesses that rely on third party providers may find themselves in a difficult situation 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 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.
There are many data center options available for Northern California businesses. More are coming. Some data 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.