Your office or your home will not be able to match the level of security, reliability, redundancy, network speed and peering capabilities found in datacenters. Let’s start the process of migrating away from non-compliant closets to enterprise grade top tier world class Datacenters.
Speed and reliability with Colocation
Your IT equipment belongs on a reliable, consistent Network built with redundancy. One that promises a 100% uptime and delivers. By moving into a Datacenter, you position your Business to start benefiting from innovative and modern technology. Compute at 10Gbps + instead 100 mbps or 1 gbps. Your office network cannot compare.
Space is measured per Rack Unit in datacenter facilities. The smallest amount of colocation space available for lease is 1 U, which is equal to approximately 19” wide by 36” deep and 1.75” tall. A full rack colocation is generally 42 U although some datacenters provide 40, 42, 48, 52 U and label it as full rack.
A half rack colocation is a 21U, 36.75″ Height Rack Space that occupies half of full cabinet. Half rack implies that the cabinet will be shared between your organization and other clients. Some datacenter have lockable half racks while some do not. With a half rack, small, medium size businesses can comfortably host their entire infrastructure, Cost usually starts at $450.00 per month
We offer partial rack Colocation from single devices 1 U, 2U, quarter Rack up to 15U. Reach out with your partial rack colocation needs and we will provide options.
Choosing Colocation has its benefits
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Owning and operating a Datacenter simply cost millions. Unless you have a strong business case for owning one, most companies choose to colocate (rent space) from providers who have such business model. As result, many of our clients find it cost-effective and secure to outsource. In fact, with an increase for working remote for employees, a centralized environment to host all of your core business applications makes sense. We’ve compiled few key reasons why colocation would make sense:
For optimal performance, your servers and network devices need to have proper cooling, redundant power and network connectivity. In a datacenter, uptime is set to 99-100% because they offer uninterruptible power supply (UPS), emergency backup generators and HVAC System to ensure stability & reliability even in the face of natural disasters. Redundancies also allow the colocation provider to perform maintenance without taking a single customer offline.
Compliance has become a centerpiece of data planning. In the financial and health care verticals especially, it is exceedingly expensive to maintain compliant in-house data centers. Using a commercial colocation data center facility enables organizations to more easily and cost effectively maintain compliance with ever-changing federal regulations and industry standards. Many colocation facilities adhere to the specific administrative, physical, and technical safeguards set by the HITECH Act and are HIPAA compliant or PCI compliant. Most of these facilities have 24/7/365 in person security, restricted access etc…
Having a primary Datacenter is great, but what are your plans if it goes down? Colocation facilities allow customers to colocate servers for disaster recovery replication or leverage additional disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) offerings from the data center provider. We work with our customer to make this a reality.
What is Colocation?
Colocation or “colo” is the practice of renting space from a third party datacenter to host your servers or other computing devices. In a colocation setting, businesses are provided with networking, physical security, redundant power and redundant cooling. We have a strong partnership with both local Chicago datacenters, the continental U.S and abroad. If looking for Private Cages, Full Rack/Cabinet, Half Rack or single server colocation, we can help. We get involved from the hardware shipping or procurement process to the time your servers are connected and online.
If moving your services to a Datacenter is not an option for your company, we can still help with getting a dedicated private connectivity to your office(s). This is a Direct Internet Access (DIA) coming directly from our providers with connection speed ranging from as low as 50 mbps to up to 150 Gbps. We currently offer:
– IP TRANSIT SERVICES
Traffic from an ISP or customer network to the Transit Provider Network.
– POINT TO POINT CONNECTION
Uninterrupted direct connection between your on premise infrastructure and datacenter.
– CLOUD CONNECT
Choosing private cage data center colocation ensures that the highest level of security protects your resources. Only IT professionals from within your organization and technicians at the data center in question will be able to access those private cages – no other client will have access to your valuable equipment. Private suites also provide more flexible cooling options. Instead of taking the needs of multiple clients into consideration, a data center can customize the cooling options for the cages within the suite to the exact specifications that are needed for your servers.