While some enterprises chose to build and manage their own data centers, others have chosen to outsource their IT environment to third-party, multi-tenant colocation data centers for their shared resources and economies of scale. Those early centers were considered quite simple. They provided the secure data center space, power and connectivity (ping, power and pipe) for companies to outsource their IT environment.
In the early days of the digital era, data centers were mysterious buildings shrouded in secrecy. They were huge, stark buildings billowing steam and looming in the distance. And the secrecy is understandable when you consider that for the enterprises using them, their IT operations within these buildings were the “crown jewels” supporting their businesses.