Vantage Data Centers, a wholesale data center provider, gets its tenants involved in the construction process early on, so they can customize attributes such as size, density, rack layout, distribution and cooling in their space.
"In wholesale data centers, you end up managing your infrastructure, you bring in your racks and stacks, and we furnish and lease the actual building, optimized for your infrastructure," says Greg Ness, chief marketing officer for Vantage. During design and construction, "there's a significant level of alignment and coordination between the enterprise and Vantage."
One of those tenants is Mozilla Corp., which recently decided to make the leap from multiple retail colocation providers to a wholesale data center model. Mozilla's plan is to consolidate its four Silicon Valley data centers (which include space in facilities owned by CoreSite, Internap and Layer 42) into a single Santa Clara, Calif., facility owned and renovated by Vantage.
The tipping point came when Mozilla realized it was consuming more than 400 kilowatts of power in its multiple data centers, recalls Matthew Zeier, director of IT operations for Mozilla.
"At some point, this model doesn't work. We're spending a lot of money on power. So the cost model started to change," Zeier says. "At this level, it started to make sense to look at moving away from a retail model and into a wholesale model."
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