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Hello from Equinix

Welcome to the Equinix page! We are excited to be a part of the community, to both learn from its members and contribute what we have learned from working with companies around the world. We’ve been at the center of the internet explosion and are now again at the center – of cloud. We’ll do our best to prove that with interesting content about how we are partnering with some of the big hitters – AWS, Microsoft, Google – and share some of the success stories of customers and partners solving problems and finding new revenues through our cloud solution ecosystem.

In the meantime, if you are new to colocation, or are just interested in a fun look into our world, you might find what follows of interest. Because we have a great and active blog, it seems silly to try to compete, so we’re going to repurpose a popular series, “How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek,” which is in its 11th installment. If you like this first entry, you can binge on the rest on our Equinix Blog. There’s even a little cloud thrown in, found in Part 4, but we recommend you start here to get your feet wet.

How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek - Part 1

Everyone knows that the language used in the IT industry can be, well, peculiar. We like to use acronyms, preferably if we can pronounce those capital letters as a word (i.e: NOC). We like to turn nouns into verbs (i.e: “I’ll FTP you that file”). And we especially like using obscure technical terms that others don’t understand.

In an effort to inject some simplicity into our complicated industry, InterConnections is kicking off its “How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek” blog series – one of many short articles explaining data center acronyms and terminology and what they really mean. This first installation starts with some very basic vocabulary covering physical features of multi-tenant (i.e., shared) data centers. Read on for the lowdown and start weaving these terms into everyday data center conversations:

Colo – (noun, but also verb) rhymes with solo and is short for colocation. It describes a practice in which many different companies or “tenants” share a data center building for economic efficiencies, as well as to digitally interconnect with other companies within the same facility or campus. In Equinix data centers, space is partitioned and leased to tenants in flexible increments such as by the cabinet, cage or suite (see definitions below). Unfortunately for grammarians, colo is now a verb, too: “We’re going to colo in Amsterdam to cut down our application response time in Europe.” As Equinix may have had a hand in turning this noun into a verb, our apologies to the purists.

Cabinet – (noun) a closed structure that houses servers typically made of metal with rails, grounding studs, interior shelving, etc. They look nothing like the Akurum cabinets you’d get at IKEA, and they cost a lot more, too.

Cage – (noun) an enclosure that subdivides colocation space within a data center using mesh walls, a door, security panels, etc. Much like at the zoo, data center cages provide full visibility into what’s inside, but from a safe distance.

Mantrap – (noun) physical security feature located at the entry point of a secure facility designed to, as the name says, trap a person. Typically mantraps require a security scan to enter a small vestibule. Once inside, a person cannot leave unless he/she passes a second security scan. Many dog parks, aviaries and other animal enclosures are built with a two-stage entry system similar to mantraps.

Suite – (noun) hard-walled rooms for colo customers requiring more data center space. Intended to bridge the gap between wholesale and retail colocation, suites offer more square footage than cages, as well as dedicated security features such as biometric hand readers at the suite door and camera coverage of the suite entrance. If Jay-Z needed colocation space, no doubt he’d lease an Equinix suite.

Want more? Read on! How to Speak Like a Data Center Geek, Part 2


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