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    Average Price Range -- Colo Rack Space

    Lets assume you need 1/2 Cabinet of Rack space along with 1/Gig
    of Internet Access from a Tier 1 ISP which will route IP space
    you've obtained from ARIN directly. What would you estimate is
    the general price range to meet these requirements?

    I guess what I'm looking for is the cost of Cabinet space and
    internet access pricing. NOTE: That when I say Internet Access,
    I mean directly to an ISP that will allow BGP routing and not
    the 5 or 10 IP addresses some reseller might lease to you.

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    1/2 cabinet space won't cost you much at all. The Internet access will depend on the carrier you choose. Get a lot of quotes because prices can different drastically - like some being 2x or more than others. Also though consider both the uptime and quality of the provider's connection.

    Note that power, which you haven't mentioned, could very likely be the largest portion of your total costs. Redundant A/B power circuit pricing have *really* climbed in recent years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbradk View Post
    1/2 cabinet space won't cost you much at all. The Internet access will depend on the carrier you choose. Get a lot of quotes because prices can different drastically - like some being 2x or more than others. Also though consider both the uptime and quality of the provider's connection.

    Note that power, which you haven't mentioned, could very likely be the largest portion of your total costs. Redundant A/B power circuit pricing have *really* climbed in recent years.


    Why not put a UPS in the rack and save on buying redundant power?

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    UPS' have very limited run times so that increases your exposure to issues with more than a few minutes of power outage. Also, you may need to invest quite a lot in UPS' depending on your draw - quite likely multiple UPS' per rack.
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    Where is it located? That could vary the average prices of the racks as well and the features within the data center.

    If there is 24x7 support/monitoring/security etc, generators... A lot of varying factors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbradk View Post
    UPS' have very limited run times so that increases your exposure to issues with more than a few minutes of power outage. Also, you may need to invest quite a lot in UPS' depending on your draw - quite likely multiple UPS' per rack.


    It makes you wonder if buying colo space is worth it. Seems like
    a better alternative might be to buy a plot of land, put a trailer
    on it with a gas powered generator, and call it a day.

    I suppose the only issue with that plan is the ability to obtain
    high speed internet access. I suppose a plot near a telco CO might
    be the best option.

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    Why on earth would you be providing your own UPS's when a "proper" datacentre will do this all for you, in an N+1 or greater configuration?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteK View Post
    Why on earth would you be providing your own UPS's when a "proper" datacentre will do this all for you, in an N+1 or greater configuration?
    Just seeing if being cheap is cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albyva View Post
    Just seeing if being cheap is cheaper.
    What does this even mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albyva View Post
    Lets assume you need 1/2 Cabinet of Rack space along with 1/Gig
    of Internet Access from a Tier 1 ISP which will route IP space
    you've obtained from ARIN directly
    A 1Gb/s CDR will vary in price depending on the provider - if sticking only to Tier-1's expect anything from 75c/Mbs to 10$/Mbs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Techy View Post
    What does this even mean?


    ....just pondering if racking up a UPS would be cheaper than
    buying redundant power in the data center. But then the issue
    boils down to time. Will the center's power come back before
    the UPS dies?

    In the end, its risk equation. Aren't most data centers located
    right off the main transmission lines from the power company?
    What are the odds of an outage? Better yet, who can testify to
    being colo'd at a data center in which the power has gone out
    for hours on end and how often has that happened?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albyva View Post
    ....just pondering if racking up a UPS would be cheaper than
    buying redundant power in the data center. But then the issue
    boils down to time. Will the center's power come back before
    the UPS dies?
    If the DC has a UPS they may not allow you to install one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albyva View Post
    Why not put a UPS in the rack and save on buying redundant power?
    Redundant power is more than just battery power. A true redundant power will save you in case the power supply goes out, the in-cabinet PDU fails, the RPP/PDU fails, the UPS fails, the ATS fails, etc. With an in-cabinet UPS, you still face the above risks. Redundant power removes a lot of single points of failures. If your service is mission critical, it is worth paying for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by othellotech View Post
    A 1Gb/s CDR will vary in price depending on the provider - if sticking only to Tier-1's expect anything from 75c/Mbs to 10$/Mbs
    I would not know a Tier-1 that charges only $0,75 / mbps on a 1 Gbps CDR. Maybe you can list some ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoUnlimited View Post
    Redundant power is more than just battery power. A true redundant power will save you in case the power supply goes out, the in-cabinet PDU fails, the RPP/PDU fails, the UPS fails, the ATS fails, etc. With an in-cabinet UPS, you still face the above risks. Redundant power removes a lot of single points of failures. If your service is mission critical, it is worth paying for.
    if the datacenter lost power, would the net connection go down anyway when their router fails?

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