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    How can I find a "colo-buddy" to share colocation space?

    I'm a colocation customer in the Northern Virginia / Washington DC area. For the last 5 years I've been colocating 2 - 4 servers, but I've always wanted a 1/2 private cabinet because the pricing is SO much better than 1U colocation.

    Where would be a good place to find a "colo-buddy" who I can share colocation space with? Are there any web resources dedicated to this? If not, there should be.

    Here are the economics, for example:

    1U colocation
    1Mbps 95%
    $150 per month

    1/2 rack (21U)
    15A power
    20 Mbps unmetered
    $500 per month

    The 1/2 rack is about 8x better value.

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    I don't know of any online resources for this other than WHT, and quite frankly I don't even think WHT is the right place to go looking for a trustworthy colo partner.

    You're much better off working on a personal level with somebody you know and trust, or else you might find yourself footing a $500 bill every month because somebody got bored, couldn't budget their expenses or just plain up and left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willsllc View Post
    I'm a colocation customer in the Northern Virginia / Washington DC area. For the last 5 years I've been colocating 2 - 4 servers, but I've always wanted a 1/2 private cabinet because the pricing is SO much better than 1U colocation.



    1U colocation
    1Mbps 95%
    $150 per month

    1/2 rack (21U)
    15A power
    20 Mbps unmetered
    $500 per month

    The 1/2 rack is about 8x better value.
    Based on these rates you can actually find providers on your own. You would not have to partner up with someone to get this space and rates.
    I would check out some of the providers here in WHT and this site is a cool tool for finding DCs all over the world: http://www.datacentermap.com/


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    I think the point here is that with a buddy OP will pay $250 and will get 5Us (instead of paying $500 for 10 Us)
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    Quote Originally Posted by willsllc View Post
    I'm a colocation customer in the Northern Virginia / Washington DC area. For the last 5 years I've been colocating 2 - 4 servers, but I've always wanted a 1/2 private cabinet because the pricing is SO much better than 1U colocation.

    Where would be a good place to find a "colo-buddy" who I can share colocation space with? Are there any web resources dedicated to this? If not, there should be.

    Here are the economics, for example:

    1U colocation
    1Mbps 95%
    $150 per month

    1/2 rack (21U)
    15A power
    20 Mbps unmetered
    $500 per month

    The 1/2 rack is about 8x better value.

    I would try the advertising section on this forum, just layout the details of what you're looking for and see what kind of response you get back.

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    I wouldn't trust another person unless you know them personally and have regular contact with them. What happens when they fail to pay the bill? Either you will be forced to pay or it will be shut off.

    Why not just go with a 1/4 rack?
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    I agree with elief. There are 1/4 cabinets in Kansas data centers for about $200/mo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eLief! View Post
    I wouldn't trust another person unless you know them personally and have regular contact with them. What happens when they fail to pay the bill? Either you will be forced to pay or it will be shut off.

    Why not just go with a 1/4 rack?
    Because it is quite common to find 1/2 racks as a minimum size. That probably isn't an option for the OP.

    Quote Originally Posted by jdimond
    I agree with elief. There are 1/4 cabinets in Kansas data centers for about $200/mo.
    Kansas/Missouri isn't the same at all. I don't think the OP is just looking for a really good deal somewhere, anywhere.

    I don't think there's any way to get away from the trust issue, or the failing business issue. Obviously having a good, open relationship with a mature partner would be required and is maybe about the best you can reasonably do.

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    willsllc what datacenter are you considering?

    How much bandwidth can you commit to?

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    If you can locate 1/4-cabinet or 1/3 cabinet colocation in your market, you might find that it's cheaper than the equivalent per-U shared colocation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litany View Post
    Because it is quite common to find 1/2 racks as a minimum size. That probably isn't an option for the OP.



    Kansas/Missouri isn't the same at all. I don't think the OP is just looking for a really good deal somewhere, anywhere.

    I don't think there's any way to get away from the trust issue, or the failing business issue. Obviously having a good, open relationship with a mature partner would be required and is maybe about the best you can reasonably do.
    Wholesale and Joes are in Kansas City, Missouri and offer pricing like that listed.

    I too would reccomend the OP either sell the other 1/4 cab off and only offer escorted access if he can get there.

    Other than that, I have no idea on where to look for a "colo-buddy".

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    Quote Originally Posted by willsllc View Post
    I'm a colocation customer in the Northern Virginia / Washington DC area. For the last 5 years I've been colocating 2 - 4 servers, but I've always wanted a 1/2 private cabinet because the pricing is SO much better than 1U colocation.

    Where would be a good place to find a "colo-buddy" who I can share colocation space with? Are there any web resources dedicated to this? If not, there should be.

    Here are the economics, for example:

    1U colocation
    1Mbps 95%
    $150 per month

    1/2 rack (21U)
    15A power
    20 Mbps unmetered
    $500 per month

    The 1/2 rack is about 8x better value.
    You can find better deals than $150 /month for single server colo if you look around. You might be able to get what you need without having to partner with somebody on the space. I think you could easily get the same single server colo with more bandwidth for 1/3 the cost you have listed.
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    Ask if they'll offer a cheaper quote for fewer amps.

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    I'd buy a couple extra servers and sell them as unmanaged dedicated.

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    I'm in the DC area myself and have been unable to find a "colo-buddy". However I have been able to find better colo deals in this area. Let me know if you'd like to more info.

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    I had three clients ask about this recently too if they could have a "colo-buddy". I asked them why and a few said that the space we offered was too much for what he needed and he calculated it would be more cost effective to share with another person than buying a smaller package (the other two had other reasons that aren't really worth mentioning).

    He specifically asked if I could find someone in Denver (since he lives in South Dakota) so that if there were any problems with his server, his colo-buddy could help him in exchange for offsetting the monthly cost once in a while since it would be cheaper than paying management company or even using our advanced remote hands.

    Been getting more and more of these requests, just don't know how about doing it without someone getting screwed over. It's an interesting concept and I can see why people would want to do it, especially if they live in separate states. There are definitely pros and cons to this idea but just setting it up and offering it to customers would be difficult.

    Honestly, the best way to find a "colo-buddy" would be here on WHT as I honestly think it's a new concept and not many hosts want the liability of that or they don't have the experience in how to manage it. Good luck in your search!

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    check out http://www.tqhosting.com
    They have good rates on everything related to colocation. They are in the Raleigh, NC and Dallas, TX areas.
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