Hi, we're a company based in the UK that is looking to mirror our current system in the US with a reputable provider.
I'd appreciate it if anyone could recommend a company that offers COLO. There are that many out there that it's hopefully safer asking for recommendations/advice now.
We currently have 4 racks of kit and a feed that is currently averaging around 20mbps but can burst up to 100.
I think we'd look to initially go with 2 racks and build from there. We manage the infrastructure ourselves, so essentially would just be looking for a couple of racks, bandwidth provision and around 15-20 (ish) public IP addresses.
I don't currently have any preconceived ideas about where is best to host, but obviously the US is a fairly large place so would appreciate your help finding somewhere suitable.
I recently moved some equipment into Colo4Dallas and have been happy with the service and support so far. They seem to have a very positive image in general . . . google them, they may be a fit for you.
Depending on who you're serving to some areas of the country may work better than others. It's worth looking in the colo advertisement section of WHT for some introductory deals to try out various providers.
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If you are in the UK, you would like to have a facility in east coast. If your budget allows, contact Voxel in NewYork. I haven't heard any bad thing about them. A bit cheaper, contact CyberWurx in Atlanta. They have great team that is one of the best team I have worked with. I didn't have any issue when I was with them.
I hear good thing about Continuum recently, but haven't had chance to test myself.
I think 2 - 4 cabinets is "big" enough request that only "serious" hosting companies will be able to accommodate. I think almost any colo company will be great for you. Get in touch with them, ask for a price, network architecture/providers, location, security, support/price and you'll be OK.
How important is location for you? If you're looking for something East coast, Voxel.net is a great place to start (already suggested in this thread). If location doesn't matter, check out Colo4Dallas (again already mentioned) or Netriver, they're in Seattle.
I've had personal experiences with all three and each one is an excellent choice for the services and locations they offer.
I would recommend going to datacentermap dot com and checking out all of the available data centers in the US and beyond. Also, going to an agent like quotecolo dot com will give you a broad view of the marketplace. Get multiple quotes easily etc...
I would run some preliminary testing to check ping(s) between your UK office to the new colo and I do recommend the east coast. Also be sure to speak with the provider about your growth and before you sign anything be sure to find out all your rate(s) including price per Mbps if you exceed your 20Mbps. Pricing on east coast is very competitive.... Do your shopping
Most of my clients go with CoreXchange, Inc. in the Dallas Infomart. Pretty good pricing for the Infomart and the network is very impressive. You should test it out. They just took down another 100 sq ft data center too.
100,000 sq ft, not 100 sq ft! Ha. ping test corexchange.com
If they took down that much - they have to recup quickly - prices could be high
To OP - if you'll provide little bit more info about your hosting needs we may try to help you out better - like:
what type of applications (doc management, file sharing, streaming, business apps with requirements to access to specific providers, VoIP, etc.)
who is the target audience - where are the majority of customers - US, all over the world, if US, what part of US?
Power requirements per cabinet now and in the future
Bandwidth requirements now and in the future
requirements for remote hands
quality of the network - tier 1 or mix tier1/tier2 providers is OK
do you need optimized network so that you'll have guaranteed delivery of it is possible at all to any point of the Internet?
Based on these questions asked you can eliminate a lot of hosting providers/DCs.
A lot of great information in here for you, I will stress with you although, check on the power availability and pricing, this will be one of if not the main driver of your cost here in the US. Did you narrow down the area of the US you were looking into?