What Is Direct Connect, Exactly?

Like most businesses, your employees, aka users, rely on the Internet to connect to your business applications to perform their daily tasks. If they’re doing this via a public Internet connection, there are risks involved. These types of scenarios relate to vulnerabilities like hacking, viruses, and/or possibly leaking private customer data.

Situations like these are the very reason why it is so important to bypass a public Internet connection and go with a business-grade private line connection to ensure your data is secure and that the connections are reliable; especially as the data traverses between business applications and services from the cloud back to the office.

Direct Connect Enters Here

Direct Connect is a network service that allows a customer, aka a business, to establish a dedicated network connection between a location, or office, and your business data center or colocation environment.

The Massive Difference

Massive Networks offers a Direct Connect Service that features a select number of Cloud and Network Service Providers who supply connectivity services to Buyers and Partners as an alternative to connecting over the public Internet.

Through the Massive Networks Direct Connect Service, Service Providers are able to achieve this objective by leveraging a choice of private interconnections instead.

How Can Service Providers Participate?

Service Providers who are looking to Connect to our Cloud Marketplace and participate in our private interconnection from interested Massive Networks customers can provision the enterprise-grade secure service through of our flexible interconnection options.

Who Needs This Service?

Though everyone would be a great answer, not all businesses are ready to make the switch. The types of customers who would benefit from this type of secure service are businesses that are looking for a more secure option in order to follow compliance regulations. A business can connect to any of our cloud provider partners to achieve a private network connection, ensuring a safer and more consistent network experience than public Internet-based connections.

To learn more about our direct connect services, click here.

The Ins and Outs of Colocation

Are you interested in Colocation Services? If so, then this quick fact video is for you.

This is a short tutorial that provides general colocation architecture and administration information about types of colocation, the cost, important security measures, SLAs, and the basic set-up requirements. Additionally,  the video will discuss how colocation can be privately connected to your LAN and to the cloud.

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Colocation: Why SLA Agreements Are Smart For Business

Colocation and service level agreements. What are they and why do you need them? In this article, we’ll review what colocation is, how its services are useful to businesses, and then why service level agreements are so important.

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Colocation: Cost Breakdown

Getting to Know Colocation

In the digital age, sharing and storing information is starting to become a challenge for companies. Most companies want to have access to reliable and cost-effective hosting. Colocation also termed as Colo, is a method of keeping servers and networking equipment in a data center, operated by a third party.

Cost of Colocation Services

The colocation fees depend on the hosting that your business requires. Each data center has a unique pricing policy. Whatever decision you take, consider that hiring a colocation center is usually cheaper than managing your own data center. Businesses can choose from Private, Public or Hybrid Colocation services. The colocation cost will vary according to the services provided. Below is an in-depth breakdown of the positive and negatives of each variation.

When do you need a Private Colocation?

Private colocation can provide businesses with an opportunity to have better economies of scale by high-density equipment. This kind of service will provide you with a dedicated rack space. Your business will usually get all the cooling equipment, very high bandwidth, CCTV monitoring for increased security, backup options and uninterruptible power supply in case of a power failure. The colocation fees will depend on the services provided by the private data center. Private colocation is one of the best services, but the costs are usually higher as compared to public and hybrid colocation. 

Private Cloud Summary

  • Positives: Highly secure, tailored to your compliance needs, more control, and more flexibility.
  • Negatives: Can be more expensive to manage.
  • Cost: $500 – $3000 per month (including hidden fees)

How about a Virtual Colocation and How Much Does it Cost?

When your business aims to reduce your capital expenditures while searching for a reliable colocation service provider with access to the in-house technical ability to organize your virtual resources. If these points cover your needs, then you should select a Virtual colocation service that allows you to deploy your virtual servers. The data center can allocate different resources for you using a secure virtual private network.

Hybrid Cloud Summary

  • Positives: Highly secure, scalable, and cost-effective.
  • Negatives: Can be difficult to manage.
  • Cost: $500-$1500 per month (including hidden fees)

Public Colocation Service and its Cost

Public Colocation is a recommended method for companies to resolve their storage problems. Instead of keeping large, expensive servers in-house that require a complete staff for operations. Companies are now focusing to co-locate their privately owned servers to data centers by renting out their space at a colocation site. In this type of service, the clients do not need to manage their data and equipment. The management of the data center is responsible for maintenance and management of data. The colocation Colorado fees depend on the subscription and service type you choose.

Public Cloud Summary

  • Positives: Public cloud deployments are inexpensive, scalable, and quick to deploy.
  • Negatives: Not as secure, at times not compliant, can be difficult to manage.
  • Cost: $500-$1000 per month (including hidden fees)

Colocation Wrap Up

Overall some organizations don’t want the hassle, others simply don’t have the bandwidth to provide a proper environment for their infrastructure or staff to support it. Breaking down all of the elements in play with a proper solution for your business, the price ranges listed above are what you can expect to include in your IT expenses.

To learn more about Colocation Services see our Data Center Direct Connect services.

COLOCATION: LOOKING BEYOND COST

According to IDG, “41% of organizations stated that they plan to move their entire data center within a multi-tenant environment (also called a colocation facility) in the next 12 months.”

If you’re one of the many businesses on the verge of making the switch, I’m guessing you’re price shopping.

For most IT department heads, working within a set budget can be accomplished quickly. The short end of the stick with this process is that you miss out on the bigger goal for your business, like security, hardware, accessibility, connectivity, and support. All of which are essential when considering colocation services. Additional cornerstone items to consider are scalability, expertise, and uptime SLAs. Here’s why:

Security
Access to the data center should be controlled and monitored using security access cards, traps, visual identification checkpoints, and biometric fingerprint scanning. Additionally, the facility should be staffed 24×7 with security to monitor the physical entire facility.

Expertise
In the event of a problem, technical support should be available to you via email or phone at all times; twenty-four hours, seven days a week, all year round.

Uptime SLAs
Downtime is more expensive than ever, both regarding revenue and reputation. Colocation providers offer built-in redundancies across systems and applications ensuring 100% uptime SLAs.

Since we’re all about the transparency, below is our top 10 frequently asked questions… They may help you out!

  1. How long have you been in business selling colocation? 
    • 2001 (16+yrs)
  2. What is your minimum colocation arrangement (per U, ¼ rack, etc)?
    • 1/3 rack
  3. Do you offer managed colocation manage a client owned server?
    • Yes
  4. Do you offer managed services for colocation clients (i.e. tape backup, firewall, load balancing, etc.)?
    • Yes
  5. Do you offer 24×7 client access?
    • Yes
  6. Is your data center(s) SSAE 16 compliant?
    • Yes
  7. What bandwidth providers are available at your data center(s)?
    • L3, GTT CL , XO
  8. What is your bottom colo price point?
    • $125.00
  9. Do you offer roof rights at any of your data centers?
    • Yes
  10. What operating systems do you support?
    • Lynix and Windows

To learn more about colocation or our managed services, click here.

7 Things You Should Know About Colocation

Colocation providers are everywhere. 

With so many to choose from, how do you know which one is right for your business? 

Today, more than ever, it’s important to look below the surface and carefully evaluate the key components of your colocation provider’s offering. There are many reasons why a business would select a colocation facility over building its own data center. Between management, monitoring, and automation tools – cost is definitely at the front of the line.  

To help, we’ve put together a 7-step checklist that you can use to confirm you’re making the right choice. 

Identify The Right Provider With This Checklist: 

  1. Is the provider scalable?  Scalability in colocation terms means that as your infrastructure requirements grow, your facilities grow too. 
  2. Does the facility have high-density capability? Facilities with high-density capability offer advanced connectivity and high-performance options, on demand. 
  3. What kind of security does the provider offer? With data security on the rise, your colocation facility security should be no different. 
  4. Uptime matters. How does the provider ensure this? Facilities offering high redundancy ensure availability to your business applications. 
  5. Is NOC support included? Support should be included not an additional fee. In the event of a problem, technical support should be available to you via email or phone at all times. 
  6. Does your provider deliver Data Center bandwidth to your office? All offices, even your remote locations, should receive data center bandwidth. 
  7. Can you connect your rack to layer 2 private connections? Layer 2 private connections ensure your business-critical data is kept o the public Internet. 

For a downloadable checklist, see our 7 Things You Should Know About Colocation resource.

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Colocation – On-Demand Scalability

To colo, or not to colo? That is the question.

There are many reasons why a business would select a colocation facility over building its own data center. Between management, monitoring, and automation tools – cost is definitely at the front of the line. As a result, colos work well with cloud service providers. In turn, their popularity has expanded to organizations that don’t have enough IT staff or the capital to keep up with it.

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