Originally posted on DC BLOX

Back in the day, a multi-tenant data center was just a fancy piece of commercial real estate. Sure, the building had special features including large open rooms for computer cabinets, redundant power supplies, high-capacity Internet access, and souped-up HVAC systems. But in the end, the space was leased to a smart tenant who knew what to do with it and they were charged for the space and power used. The business motivation for leasing data center space was primarily an economic one. The customer was oftentimes driven by the CFO or property management team looking to find the most cost-effective options to house their computer systems.

In the last decade, the data center business has changed, radically. The data center has evolved and is now a core component of a company’s IT strategy. It is no longer just a building for housing IT equipment. It is expected to enable the digital transformation of their business, provide the connectivity to adapt to an increasingly distributed IT infrastructure, enhance business continuity in the face of natural and systemic disasters, all while meeting environmental sustainability objectives and protecting the bottom line. The customers of multi-tenant data centers are now represented by senior IT leaders who are implementing technology strategies that enable the agility required of today’s hyper-competitive markets.

DC BLOX is unique because it is led by a group of technology industry veterans. From the CEO on down, the DC BLOX team understands the changing dynamics of modern IT and are building data centers that don’t just address physical infrastructure needs but include the capabilities that meet IT’s strategic requirements.

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