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  1. #1
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    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 =?

    Suggestions appreciated.
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    Your price range is kind of low for the amount of traffic you are asking for.

    Try HostVoice to get quotes from providers.

    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.

    That's about it.
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