Colocation vs. Compass Datacenter
Many providers of colocated solutions profess to offer larger customers their own dedicated data halls. In these configurations the halls themselves may be physically separated, even by walls, from their neighbors but they all still reside in a single common facility. This of course brings the design of the common facility into the scope of consideration as the mechanical and electrical backplanes may be shared, a condition that introduces points of failure outside the architecture of all the site’s data halls. This loose definition of dedicated may also extend to items like the utility transformer and generators that are actually shared amongst all of building’s “dedicated” customers.