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    Can you bargain for colo?

    I got my quote and some of the setup fees are quite high. We're looking at $2500 in setup fees for one cabinet. Can you bargain with colo places, do they expect you to?

    Thanks.

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    Of course. You should be able to find a company that is willing to work with you. You jsut have to find an agreement. I recently got setup fee's waived for a client by agreeing to place a certain number of servers after a year, etc. You just have to entice them, just like they have to entice you
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    Quote Originally Posted by hdpt00 View Post
    I got my quote and some of the setup fees are quite high. We're looking at $2500 in setup fees for one cabinet. Can you bargain with colo places, do they expect you to?

    Thanks.
    What kind of services/cabinet is this? Is there anything special included? (UPS, PDUs, etc.)

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    It's a cabinet with internap, 100mbps commit, 2 cross connects, gig-e port, 1 x 20A (with redundancy).

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    *Update*

    They won't budge, oh well, I tried.

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    They should budge on setup fees if you agree to a longer term, unless of course you are already on a 3 year term.
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    Have you considered trying other providers?
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    As Brett says, trying other providers and getting lower prices would be worth a shot. Then you could always go back to Internap and ask them to match the price if they want you as a client

    It's of course always easier to bargain with small providers where your business means more to them, compared with large providers.
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    I think you'll get the most bargaining based on your commit. The most profitable part for a colo provider is usually the bandwidth, considering how substantial the infrastructure costs for power and cooling are. The worst customers for a colo are those that just sit there with a bunch of idle servers sucking back 120amps of power just to run 5Mbps of traffic. If you're willing to put in a decent commit, I imagine you'll be able to save substantially on the overall cost.
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    Keep fighting. We were not able to get Internap to waive the setup but they cut the MRC by 10%. Even better in my opinion.

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    Or go to a data center that has Internap bandwidth

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    What city do you want to be in? If there is a good bit of competition then you would have a better chance of getting a deal.
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    Internap Colo - Yea their setup fees are really high. $2500.00 setup, I can buy a great cabinet for that price. While I understand the costs that go into a DC, I found them to be the most expensive provider. Too much to justify using their network.
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    Although not quite as high, Equinix setup fees are similarly insane.
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    hdpt00....where are you looking to host your DC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by voices4action View Post
    hdpt00....where are you looking to host your DC?
    I am going with Internap in Oakland, Ca. Thanks.

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