By now you have probably heard all of the hype when it comes to “the cloud”. For those that don’t really know any better they think the cloud is this magical place where everything is just automatically handled. However some of us nerds realize that there is a computer somewhere taking all this data and processing it. More than likely all of these large cloud companies have their servers in colocation. If you don’t know colo is when a company takes spacial computers called servers and places them in a build where large amount of internet fiber and tons of backup power is available.
Besides some of the main markets for datacenters there also some small more convenience places where companies put up their servers for colocation. For example Irvine is a really good up and coming location. You can find more in at this site below.
What makes a location like this attractive is the ability to have much easier access to your server when you need it and not having to be stuck in some traffic jam. Also some of these companies that are not in a downtown area might be able to offer you a better deal as far as space goes since they are not bound by floors on a skyscraper. For example in Irvine there is about a handful or providers that offer great service. Lots of actual cloud providers host their servers there. If you do some research you might just find out.