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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2005

    using one DC for all servers

    Is it monumentally naive to put all your servers in one datacenter?

    Is it possible to wipe out your entire business if the DC closes suddenly?

    How common is it for a DC is shutdown permanently without warning?

    (I am speaking of colocation in a DC not renting or shared hosting.)

  2. #2
    Hello. How many servers do you run now?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Three - so there is hardly any point to it. I was just wondering since I hear a lot of posts where a DC is down and people are upset.

    But still, of you depend on three severs for you living it could still impact your business if a DC is out of business.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    I would put the three servers in three different locations. Now, if you had 60 servers, the sheer scale would require that you have a lot of them at a single location.

    I'm actually in the same boat: I'm trying to decide on moving 90% of my operations into a local co-location. I have pretty much decided NOT to do this. Right now I'm spread out across five datacenters and I like that feeling. But it is very expensive to not have the economies of scale.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    If you find a decent provider with a proven track record, I see no problem in establishing a relationship with just one provider... Many do this already with great results...
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Have a backup of YOUR important data in another DC, encourage your clients to have the same. Good provider etc, you'll be fine.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    If you use good provider I don't really see how the datacenter is going to suddenly shutdown out of nowhere. If they go down sure all your servers go down but there is also the advantage of being able to get things cheaper if you're working with a large amount of servers. Also outages happen at every datacenter so going down for 15 mins in once a year or something is not the end of the world by any means. Of course if you're working with a good datacenter that has been around for a while IE: ThePlanet then I just don't see a reason to worry a whole lot about it shutting down.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Just check out the facilities you are setting the servers up in. Unless you have the servers clustered with HA you will still have downtime should one of your DCs drop. You will get a better price rate if you rent a half/quarter cabinet in one DC and colo your servers. Anyone running a DC should have dedicated power drops and generators in place for automatic switching. That will cover the power issues and they should have a minimum of 2 dedicated providers for lines, most will have many more than that and run them with BGP so it won't matter if one goes down.

  9. #9
    Did you consider moving to an area where they have a good DC.. that way you can go look at the servers every other day.. ;-)

    If i had 60 servers in one DC... I'd probably be living in the same zipcode.. ;-)


  10. #10
    ok that was my 5th post ;-)

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