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COLOCATION: LOOKING BEYOND COST

It’s hard to decipher the specific cost breakdown of colocation unless you’re already in the contract phase. To determine the best course of action we’ve come up with a few essential colocation service requirements.

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 18 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

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MPLS Versus Carrier Ethernet Services

Typically MPLS or Carrier Ethernet services are businesses with two connectivity options.

A few of years ago the prospect of replacing an MPLS connection made many networking professionals laugh. Today, it’s more common. With rising fees, there has been a shift to produce alternative networking options.

Depending on where your organization needs to connect to such as a remote office, your headquarters, or perhaps to a backup site at a branch – certain WAN connectivity options are better than others.

To help, we’ve created a side-by-side comparison of each option. Take a look:

From the side-by-side comparison, it’s easy to see why many enterprise businesses and ISPs are having trouble saying “no” to Carrier Ethernet Services. The main benefit of utilizing a Carrier Ethernet connection versus an MPLS is that you receive a higher level of bandwidth for a fraction of the cost. It also offers low-latency and high throughput, which is ideal for disaster recovery.

Below is a list of items you’ll want to check out before selecting a service provider:

  1. Dedicated Ethernet connections which do not traverse the public Internet
  2. VLAN-based connectivity that combines voice, data, cloud services on a single handoff to each of your locations
  3. Creative configurations and topologies
  4. Quality of Service (QoS) prioritization by VLAN, packet type or destination
  5. Reliable and secure data transport

To learn more about how you can reduce your MPLS fee’s, check out our eBook!

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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