C7 houses data infrastructure, like the servers that Cougarboard runs on, in highly secure facilities with built in redundancies to ensure uptime. This service is generally called data center colocation.
What makes C7 appealing for colocation is the disaster safe geography, low power rates and ideal cool desert climate.
If you look at a disaster risk map of the United States, you'll see a few areas that are free of most natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanoes. These areas include Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. While Idaho and Wyoming have a low disaster risk profile, they're not very accessible and have a small selection of Internet carriers. Arizona and Nevada are both hot desert environments and high power cost regions. Utah is a good choice as its metro area is in a cool desert environment and has great Internet carrier options and a major airport hub. Utah's power pricing is very low and the climate is such that outside air can cool the facility most months of the year adding to the cost savings.
For these reasons C7 is a popular data center provider for a secondary colocation site for East and West Coast companies. Companies located in LA or the Bay Area have lots of earthquakes and so a secondary backup site in Utah makes a lot of sense. East Coast companies also choose C7 for the cost and quality of service and love to experience the outdoor recreation that Utah has to offer which is a stark contrast to the concrete jungles of New York and other East Coast cities.
We encourage you to visit the C7 website at www.c7.com to learn more about colocation and how C7 helps companies world-wide to have affordable, disaster safe colocation for their data infrastructure.