Because the Greater Sacramento area is considered to be seismically-neutral, many Bay Area companies colocate their servers in the Sacramento area rather than within an active seismic zone.
This translates a number of available 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 important business applications and data.
The physical location for colos 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 colos in the Greater Sacramento area.
Sacramento Colocation Providers
RagingWire Data Centers
RagingWire, which is part of the Nexcenter global data center portfolio of NTT Communications, opened their new CA3 data center in 2015.
At 180,000 square feet, this is the largest colo in the Sacramento area.
From their promotional video (no soundtrack), it appears that RagingWire is mainly targeting Silicon Valley and San Francisco companies with this facility.
Located near RagingWire’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.
The Sacramento colocation facility is categorized as Premier and offers “ideal data storage and archival solution with multiple sites within a region for local diversity.”
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
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 Colos
Four colocation facilities are clustered within several blocks of one another in Rancho Cordova. The fifth, DataNOC, is not far away.
In addition to its Rancho Cordova facility, Digital Realty has over one hundred data centers across the United States. The company also has data centers in Europe and Asia Pacific.
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 Colo Locations
Quest has a Business Resumption Center (BRC) located at McClellan Park.
In the summer of 2016, the Sacramento Business Journal reported a planned massive data center expansion within the McClellan Park area.
There are many colocation options available for Sacramento area businesses. More are coming. Some colos are geared toward smaller businesses, while others are principally set up for larger Bay Area enterprises.
Also, most Sacramento colocation facilities offer tours. Taking a tour will help you assess the fit of a given facility to your business.