I'm looking for locations with low risk of natural disasters as well.
Missouri has a fairly high incidence of tornadoes - I'm not sure what DataShack's preparedness plan is like, but a quick Google street-view of that building isn't immensely promising. Not bashing, just speculating since the OP brought up natural disasters. Any Missourians care to chime in?
Burstnet would be your best bet it meets just about everything you mentioned that you are in need of . You won't really need to worry about disasters by weather with them they are also quite close to ny. They can sometimes have a bumpy hill but if you use them with good equipment then you really won't have to worry about anything with then other than abuse etc.
I'd like to add that although people tend to complain about their support on here, you shouldn't need to use their technical support often, if at all. If I happen to be off-site and need to request a reboot or something like that, it's typically done within 10-15 minutes.
Also, as with any colocation (not just BurstNet), if you're not on-site daily, you probably shouldn't be reselling dedicated servers or anything that needs regular maintenance.
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When someone wants to go for a "cheapest", this is how a request like that would end In order to provide a cheap service a Colocation host should either have a very, very large scale (and the pricing still depends of the business model) or to compromise with quality (network and equipment, onsite support, data center tier, etc.). Would you please tell us what would you consider as "cheapest"? I think that any price for single Colo, under $50/month, isn't something that should make the prospective customers happy...
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I think you should at least look at Phoenix, and I would suggest Phoenix NAP. There you can get Space from PNAP directly or someone with a cage, and bandwidth from many different providers, so if you don't like one you can easily switch to another, and several sell blended bandwidth.
Been at phoenix nap for 3 years and never had a power issue.
Generally the rocky mountain areas tend to be cheapest because of access to the lowest cost power in the US and a general overall lower amount of government regulation contributes a lot. Denver, Salt Lake City, St. George UT. Phoenix is also a great deal because of really dirt cheap power from the Palo Verde nuclear plant 50 miles west. ViaWest had an amazing deal recently in their Las Vegas facility which has become a pretty competitive market recently and also has good power rates.
Agree with all points from Progent on Rocky Mountain area. I tend to lean toward the bigger city areas for the telecom redundancy. That said, St George Utah is an interesting site, and the guys I met there are nice and professional. I'm only guessing, but they are in the sticks and would be worth a call.
That said, St George Utah is an interesting site, and the guys I met there are nice and professional. I'm only guessing, but they are in the sticks and would be worth a call.
I mentioned St. George because the Tonquint data center located there I was quoted the cheapest power ever for colo at $130 for 120V 20A back in 2009, which was at the time about half the rate of lowest cost power prices in California data centers. Yes they are located in the middle of nowhere, 120 miles from Las Vegas, but an interesting choice for someone that wants their data away away from large metro areas. They seemed to have a pretty solid offering but not a lot of cheap connectivity and they backhauled their connections from Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. Maybe things have changed as they are right on the fiber loops.