Thought all data centers are exactly the same? Think again! By definition, a data center is the department in an enterprise that houses and maintains back-end IT systems and data stores – its mainframes, servers and databases.

However, there are many different types of data centers available including:

Hyperscale Data Centers

In the data center industry, hyperscale means less space, but more equipment, and more importantly, the ability to scale. According to a report by Synergy Research Group, there are at least 600 hyperscale data centers in the world as of mid-last year. Who operates some of these facilities? To name a few, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Google. The rise of these facilities has been stimulated by the overall growth in innovation


Enterprise data centers are classified as those in which a company owns and operates for the sole purpose of their company. These data centers are for those who have unique network needs and advanced visibility. This type of data center can be located on-site or off-site. The location comes down to connectivity, power options, and what best fits the company’s security needs.

Colocation Data Centers

A colocation data center facility is a facility in which a company rents space for equipment in a specific location. As an example, we offer a dedicated 1.2M sf data center/colocation/telecom carrier hotel with over 80 MW of power. If you’re wondering the reason to colocate, and in New Jersey specifically, check out our latest eBook! The main reason to choose colocation is the capital expenditure.

Colocating also allows businesses to focus on revenue instead of managing an on-site data center. It also still allows full control over your own server. Often, colocation is also a step towards migrating your data to the cloud. Finding the right colocation facility can be one of the best, and smartest, investments a company can make. Check out 165 Halsey for the next step in colocation.