We are currently looking at providing XO and Verio with Time-Warner provided through a wireless microwave connection. We will bring in more suppliers as the need arises or a customer requires a specific carrier.
From Scratch pretty much, starting with 3500 sq. ft. of usable colocation space +on-site offices. There are too many things that Telcos are unable to offer and my partners and I feel that there is a depand for it in Houston, we just need to present an actual market opinion on this.
We are looking at offering full cabinets for around $750/month in case you were wondering about the pricing and before someone speaks of it is too expensive to start a datacenter, my partners and I know this. We have been in the datacenter industry for over 10 years and we know we can provide the support needed.
Is it really worth justifying the cost of building it up from scratch?
$750/cabinet is decent pricing i would say, if power and cooling is good. But you also got to see that the carrier's telco facility is at $400 or so currently. If there's a C and W facility around, their pricing would probably be in the $750/cab range, but their support is unbeatable as well.
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Thank you, jsw6 I was about to post the same thing. We are well aware of the hundreds of thousands of dollars that will need to be spent on this and what the work involved is. I was simply seeking to gain a better view of the market aside from what I have learned from being in this industry for several years as well as any specific or unique requirements/requests that may arise from colocation customers.
Hmmm. I find it intresting that you think there is room in that market in Houston. Level 3 has at lease 100,000 sq. ft of telco colo with mutiple shake and bake DC type providers in their with their own room. Then there is that building downtown houston with the Green Neon on it. That's top to bottom carrier hotel. The old EV1 Datacenter is still running last I heard (but I dont recall who owns it) then there is the Cogent colo and then add to that mix a dosen of so smaller DC's there as well. Not to mention you say your going to build a new one? What about the 10 or so other places allready punched out with HVAC, Generators and the fiber from the carriers in town? None of them work for ya'll?
Houston does have quite a few datacenters and carrier hotels around town, but there is not much as far as mission critical class “A” datacenters in Houston. Most everything in Houston in a tele-colocation type service. Here are the datacenters I know of in Houston:
Level3- The largest, probably the newest, but not staffed very well. This is also the main hub for Cogent Communications in Houston; Cogent doesn’t actually own a datacenter in Houston. Cogent is connected to almost all of the major skyscrapers downtown though. Qwest’s main Houston Hub is also located in Level3.
MCI- Very nice datacenter, but I have heard from a past post here that it has flooded before, so there is mold.
Xo-Has a large datacenter as well, but it is primarily tele-colo only.
Internap, ALGX, Navisite- They are all in the same building, located on Fannin Street. This is said to be the main carrier hotel for Houston. The security is very good at this location. Navisite has discontinued offering collocation in the Houston area.
GLBX- Has a small datacenter located in the basement I believe in a downtown building. I would not recommend anything in Houston that is not a few floors up because of flooding.
Time Warner- Has a datacenter in NW Houston, which is where EV1 was located when they first started. Time Warner is available at almost every location in Houston, mainly because they are the local cable company.
CyrusOne- A very nice, probably the nicest datacenter in Houston right now, but expensive and not as well connected as others.
These are just a few there as some more such as ICG, MFN, and a few others. Almost every major backbone provider has a pop in Houston, so contact the ones you are interested in as see where they offer services at.
I would really suggest you look around before building a state of the art datacenter, there are many empty ones. For example, the Metro Nexus is for sale I believe: http://metronexus.com/properties/hou...rview/overview . It is supposed to be very nice, and is located right on a major free way, which generates major advertising traffic.
...and might I add that every single one of them won't even really talk to you unless you are willing to spend $1,000+ per month. I've contacted each one and not one would even talk about anything less than a full cabinet (was asking about half cabinets). I've found two co-location facilities that have "okay to average" pricing, but nothing that stands out.
Pricing in general for Houston for co-location is above average. It is VERY expensive compared to offerings in Dallas, Tx. I can't really understand it as Houston has very good connectivity.
I have found a couple of places in Houston with pretty cheap collocation prices. One offers 1U at $80 and I believe I found a place that offered full cabinet at $500. Don't know about support but if people are interested let me know. I'll find the links.
That building with the green neon on top is the global crossing datacenter, then there is another building a block over (the wedge international) with green neon also which is where we have our datacenter, ironically.