Alright guys and gals, Iím sorry for asking so many questions as of late, itís just that Iím paying money for services now that I donít completely understand and I want to clarify all of this.
I started off as a reseller with a quality hosting company, then we began leasing servers, and now weíre in the colo phase. More expensive short term, but it will save us a great deal of money in the long run of course.
Anyway, I understand fairly well just by reading reviews here on WHT what quality carriers are around, and now Iím getting a good sense of pricing, costs for colo space and bandwidth. However, I still donít really understand the terminology behind all of this.
When talking to my provider, who for now, will remain nameless because Iím not interested in you guys discussing the business aspect of all of this with me, often words are mentioned that completely go over my head. Basically, I know what rack space is, I know I send the servers there, they mount them, I pay people to monitor and manage them, and for the bandwidth.
What I donít understand is how it all works. I know this is a long and really drawn out question that has probably been asked 1 billion times on this forum, and no one will really feel like giving in depth answers to, but anything and everything will be of assistance to me at this point.
How does colo "actually" work, I know these data centers have "connections" to the bandwidth carriers, and that I am getting my bandwidth through these carriers - but how? What does some classic colo and bandwidth terminology mean? What is a circuit? What is a cross connect? Help me better understand peering, and all of this information.
Thank you for your time.