Dedicated server ports or customer switch in colocation?
I was wondering what customary practice is for colocation when it comes to customer supplied switches or dedicated switch ports? If I am a colo customer and renting 2-3 u, am I expected to bring in a small switch/hub to interconnect all of these devices or does the ISP usually give me a dedicated switch port from their side for each of my servers and then vlan them together?
Sorry for my ignorance but trying to learn more about this business.
for 2-3u the provider should give them to you, we give drops either from the rack switches or straight to our 6500's. It really depends on the colo provider, but most should give you ethernet handoffs from their switches.
1/4 rack(10u) is usually where we ask a customer to bring in their own switch (or pay us a monthly fee for use of ours) . We install cisco 48 port switches in each rack connected back to our 6500's so there is usally enough switch ports for the entire rack. I cant speak for all colo's, im not sure they all do this
Generally speaking, per U colocation includes markup that includes a customer port per U. If they want to keep paying higher rates per U and using our ports, more power to 'em.
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