My Equinix/Ashburn based colocation contract is ending soon. I am planning to move to another colocation provider in order to cut down my costs. What need at this time is 10U/100Mbps/20Amp/13IP. I have several questions that might help me refine my search.
1. Will I experience a degradation of bandwidth quality if I move out the East Coast?
2. What would be a reasonable price range for my specs in the East, Midwest, and West for my specs.
3. I am told that I currently have 100mbps dedicated bandwidth, but I am sure that I am not using even half of that much most of the time. What if I opt to 100mbps shared bandwidth? Would most provider overload their shared bandwidth?
4. I am concerned about the reliability of some colocation providers. I have tried some in the past who give promises but cannot deliver. Would it be a better idea to split my servers among several providers to ty them out for few months then choose one of them to consolidate my servers based on their quality of service?
5. The least advertised price for 10U/100Mbps/20Amp/13IP I saw is around $435 which I found at Joe's Data Center. Any tried this DC and can tell more about their experience? Any other DC's with similarly priced packages that you have positive feedback about?
20 amps is A LOT for only 10U. Do you really need 10 amps? I think you might have trouble finding that amount of power in a small space. Most full cabs come with 20 amps; sometimes 30.
I can't speak for Joe's, but I do have a dedicated box in WSI which is in the same building. I don't have any complaints about the uptime, but since they are primary using hurricane electric, I think you may run into some high latency to/from a few places. HE doesn't have the most "optimized" network routing-wise if that makes sense.
However, it should be fine provided you don't need ultra low or latency for something like game servers or VoIP.
As far as your current bandwidth usage, you should be able to ask your provider for a graph of your port.
cooldude919, I like the neutral DC concept, but I am not located in the U.S. My main business is in Kuwait. So I prefer to deal with one company to oversee all my colocation needs in the U.S. to minimize management time and required trips.
skullbox, I need around 15 Amps max for 3 servers, to be more precise. But I heared that you only get 16 Amps from 20 Amps rated circutes, so I want to be on the safe side. It doesn't matter to me if I get 1/2 cab instead of 1/4 as long as the price stays within a reasonable range of the 1/4 cab space (~$400).
I don't mind Hurricane if it's one of multiple carriers, but if it's the sole carrier then I might consider other alternatives. A blend of 3 or more carriers is more desirable.
There are a number of facilities that should be able to get you what you are looking for in the $400-$700 per month range. The pricing for the cabinet and power should be relatively consistent between providers, I think where you will see the variation in price is on the bandwidth. The important thing will be to consider what kind of quality you want on the network side, and that should help you to do a better job of determining which provider will be best for you.
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DedicatedIT, not bad. I'm getting 210KB/s your server and 190KB/s from mine. Actually, that's bad for me, as I'm paying folds of what you are paying for Equinix space, premium bandwidth, and dedicated 100mbps port! Also strange that your server is geographically way further from my location than my server, so one would expect higher throughput from my server assuming everything else the same. Can you ask your DC who their carriers are?