Shopping for Canadian/US colo provider, suggestions please
I'm in the neck of the woods for a colo provider. I don't even have a server ready for colo at this time but I want to have a facility lined up before I even purchase one. Will be colocating in 1-2 months.
Must be in Canada or US ONLY, Canada is highly preferred!
- 1 or 2 servers, 1-2U case sizes.
- I require a lot of bandwidth for at least 1 of the servers, min is 800-1000 gigs per month. One of my sites hosts a lot of media (non adult). The second machine might just be a DB server or a local backup box so a lot o bandwidth isn't required for that.
- Est. Price range: $50-150 month US
- I'd like to have remote reboot if possible included and at least 99% uptime.
I see most colo. providers sell their services in mbps. How much bandwidth does 1 mpbs =?
1mbps = 327GB BUT note that per mbps pricing is normally on a 95th percentile basis, that means that if you peak at, let's say 5mbps, for more than 36 hours in a month, you'll be billed for 5mbps even if your real traffic usage is below 327GB for exemple.
US$150/month is a bit low for 2-4U of co-lo with 1000GB of transfer. You MIGHT be able to find offers that low, but if you want even the most basic amount of quality, you're looking closer to $300/month.
May I ask why and how so many dedicated companies can offer entire servers with software and over 1000 gigs transfer for less than $300 per month and I can't get simple colo for this?
It's just strange that I can get and entire server, with software, over 1000 gigs bandwidth for $150 month or less. Is something wrong with the colo business in that they don't want anyone using their own servers, what's the reason behind this?
It's a question of market and competition. The competition is less strong in the colo market since it's more targeted to local customers so there's no need for providers to give you a hallucinating traffic allocation.
There is also the the fact that you can use any kind of hardware in your colocation space, so you could install a powerful Dual Xeon server in a $69 1U space compared to renting a Dual Xeon for around $250/month.