I am thinking about using them in Houston, Texas. I might only use them for their colocation services, and might just use other providers for bandwidth. Does anyone colocate with ALGX, or use ALGX bandwidth?
If you are looking to collocate, you should know that it is not unusual after a consolidation to close redundant collocation facilities. That does not mean they will close the facility you are looking at but it is a possibility to consider.
Check the financial status of the companies before you go with them.. Don't go with a backrupt company or with one who is restructuring. Of course they will give you really cheap deals but you risk being closed down or prices changing on you if the company changes hands or sells. For colocation, i believe it's important to find providers that are in facilities that are owned and operated by big businesses that are not bankrupt (i.e. time warner). Then go with one of those providers which they can provide support for you and they usually have multiple uplinks (like 3 or 4) so if one of the uplinks goes out of business it won't affect your service. You can PM me for some suggestions on providers.. If I post a big list I might get yelled at :>
Originally posted by Mfjp Doesn't ALGX owns their fiber network?
No, ALGX bought the old Digex network. Digex was one of the partners in the Qwest build. In exchange for funding, Digex (now ALGX) received a 20 year IRU to dark fiber that runs throughout Qwest's 18,000 mile North American network.
XO has rights to Level 3 dark fiber. Due to the high cost, XO still has not lit its long haul fiber. Instead they buy OC-192 waves from Level 3.
Allegiance was basically a CLEC that offered a cheaper local access alternative for larger carriers. Instead of having to deal with the evil local telco, companies like AOL or Earthlink could contract with ALGX for cheap dialup/DSL/etc. Later ALGX decided to play transit provider.
My experience with ALGX, thankfully very brief, was that they really suck. Better than Cogent but not by much. They seem to be running a lot of really old Cisco hardware that desperately needs to be replaced.