Jhorra it all depends on your location. For example, for us living in the UK, meant a big price difference between the US and UK for colo. However, we've now got to the position of having our rack and equipment, which saves a lot of money.
I live in Phoenix, which seems to be a little higher priced. I did some searches in the colocation forum, and it didn't seem like there was to much here which prompted my question about creating my own datacenter. I guess I would need quite a few servers to make that cost effective though.
After dedicated comes colo, then your pwn rack, then your own cage, then your own data center. You can probably fit more minor steps in there as well... If you want to build your own data center be prepared to spend at least $1 million and make sure someone designs it who has designed a DC before...
Originally posted by [inx]Olly Jhorra it all depends on your location. For example, for us living in the UK, meant a big price difference between the US and UK for colo. However, we've now got to the position of having our rack and equipment, which saves a lot of money.
Everyone here keeps saying that the next step is colocation, then leasing racks, cages then floor space and finally a data center.
What about the transition from renting 1000 square feet of floor space to moving all your servers to the town where your business is located? I guess you could always leave them there when you have a perfectly good datacenter with a few servers in it.
I think it would be better to build a small network and host your own servers. No one says you need to build a multi-million dollar datacenter.
Of course a lot of it depends on how much money you have to spend.
Starting your own data center might be an option. It would also allow you to set up a real office and even have walk-in customers. It depends on your business model and your funds. If you offer IT services (consulting, Web Design, etc.) this would actually make a little sense. BUT - if you need a lot of bandwidth this might be impossible to accomplish. The cost for getting at least 2 large pipes into a small business location might eat all your revenue. If 2 T1's provide you with enough power and bandwidth .....
For most smaller companies it does not make sense to start their own data center.
Well renting your own rack and colocation means a lot more work on your part. So unless you have the manpower, time and money to spend tinkering with your network, routers and everything else in your new cage then forget it.
Spend that extra time, effort and money in marketing your business and getting some new sales. Unless your tired of renting from bargin bin dedicated providers, then maybe you should just consider moving to a better dedicated provider.