Phoenix Colocation - Specifically Convergent Internet Solutions
We are looking for a co-location service in the Phoenix area. We are only looking for a 1U solution for the time being. I came across Convergent Internet Solutions. I have been speaking with Chad Kappenman over there who seems very helpful. Here is the info they gave me on pricing:
1U Server: $69.95/mo
1 Power (add $15/mo for additional power)
500Gb of Monthly Data Transfer
for 500GB per month ?
some websites pull 500GB+ / day .. you should see if this fits your actual needs.
if the server is only for one website with static content and not much traffic that would be good for you.
if you will have , lets say 4-6 medium sized sites (active forums / blogs ) you might hit the 500GB mark pretty fast.
the price sounds fair, but i would try to get more bandwidth - at least 1TB and 1 more power socket ( you will want some kind of firewall/vpn infront of your machine wont you?)
I am going to be doing virtualization with either ESXi or XenServer. There will be 4 VMs. I doubt there will be much bandwidth used at first and we can add bandwidth later for $20/500GB. I can only afford a 1u space right now so I was just thinking about doing a software based firewall perhaps in a different VM. Any thoughts?
@Speedy059 Thanks for the suggestion, but price is a major concern and we do not currently have a revenue stream coming from this little adventure so we can't afford quadruple what CIS offers.
Looking around it seems like Phoenix is a lot more expensive then some other places. Does anyone have any experience colocating out-of-state? Saw some offers in like Portland which gave a lot more for $50.
P.S. Thanks for all the help and sorry for the noob questions. I work for a large domain and hosting provider, but this is my first fooray into the colocation world.
Tower servers accepted (Tier I Only)
24x7 365 days a year on-site technical personnel
24x7 365 Network Connectivity Management
Backup AC power
Backup DC power (Tier I Only)
Emergency power generator (Tier I Only)
Climate controlled air conditioning with redundancy
Overhead system for cabling
One Fast-Ethernet feed per server
One power outlet
1 IP Address
Fast Ethernet burstable to 10 or 100 Mbps
99.9% SLA (Tier I Only)
Install in as little as 3 business days
I would keep looking at some of the more well known datacenters in Phoenix - I am sure you can find something thats atleast a tier 2-3.
I know this thread is now a few months old, so I apologize for the bump. I just wanted to throw a few cents into the mix, as I've been colo'd with Convergent Internet Solutions for a few months now.
We originally had our equipment with a colo in California (CalPOP) - mainly because of price and ease of getting the machine into their DC. We had a lot of issues with them, including our IPs being RBLd (whole subnets - not just our IPs), their support taking forever to respond to tickets for simple things like rDNS.
We decided to make the move to a colo in Phoenix for the simple reason that IF something happened with the machine, we could just go pick it up or repair it on-site without having to hop in a car for a 6+ hr drive or pay out the nose for a flight and rental car to LA.
In our search, we stumbled upon Convergent and subsequently ended up signing a contract with them to host our server with them (we're running a single 1U machine with XenEnterprise from Citrix). I couldn't be happier with Convergent, the services they provide, and their facilities. The support has been top-notch, and we even ended up converting one of our Qwest DSL lines to get our transit through Convergent (now 4 hops from our box).
Yes, there are some drawbacks, such as no on-site 24/7 access to the data center - but if you really needed to get in, I'm confident they'd make it happen.
Chad has been great, and very attentive to my requests and needs. He's thorough and polite which is something you don't find much anymore.
So, depending on your bandwidth needs and what Convergent is offering you, I'd put money on your happiness with them from the start.
Their facility (GBLX) in Phoenix has all the necessary power backup items in place. The only thing that this particular facility doesn't have is 24/7 walk-up access to the data center, but if you needed to get in after hours CIS would make it happen for you.