We are in the process building a new colocation facility and I wanted to take some input from everyone here. We have most of the infrastructure planning and layout done but were still early on in the construction phase so now is the last chance to get some input. I have two main questions I wanted to ask.
1)When your looking for a colocation facility what things are most important to you?
2)Have you ever wished that datacenters offered something outside the normal things that most providers do.
I been investigating into the Data102 located in Colorado Springs for colocation, and I am curious if anyone have any experience with them. Their network feeds seems pretty good, composing of Level3, Time Warner Telecom & Cogent Communications, with several other located in the same building such as MCI/UUNet/Verizon, Broadwing, Legacy ICG, Qwest, 360 Networks & WilTel.
From the traceroute tests, they seems to be primarly L3 network, with other 2 as lesser routes from testing on several locations.
I am in the market for a VPS to act as a slave node to a distributed nagios setup I am setting up for myself.
Browsing the vps forums I came across Imountain. They sounded 'unique' to me, because of the solar power they claim to use to power their servers etc.
There was no test ip listed so I just traced their domain imountain.com and the subdomain cp.imountain.com (which is their hsphere control panel server I am assuming) which pointed to: 22.214.171.124.. A traceroute of this shows business grade road runner.
traceroute to 126.96.36.199 (188.8.131.52), 30 hops max, 38 byte packets 1 ev1s-207-218-205-161.ev1servers.net (184.108.40.206) 0.805 ms 0.719 ms 0.719 ms 2 gphou2-209-85-1-6.ev1servers.net (220.127.116.11) 0.377 ms 0.311 ms 0.328 ms 3 gphou2-209-85-0-5.ev1servers.net (18.104.22.168) 0.331 ms 0.404 ms 0.316 ms 4 g0-10.na21.b015619-0.iah01.atlas.cogentco.com (22.214.171.124) 7.110 ms 7.031 ms 6.768 ms 5 g4-1-1-3827.core01.iah01.atlas.cogentco.com (126.96.36.199) 6.825 ms 6.843 ms 6.803 ms 6 t4-1.mpd01.iah01.atlas.cogentco.com (188.8.131.52) 7.151 ms 6.893 ms 7.055 ms 7 t2-3.mpd01.lax01.atlas.cogentco.com (184.108.40.206) 51.286 ms 36.483 ms 42.640 ms MPLS Label=1057 CoS=5 TTL=1 S=0 8 t3-4.mpd01.lax05.atlas.cogentco.com (220.127.116.11) 36.344 ms 36.492 ms 36.660 ms 9 adelphia.lax05.atlas.cogentco.com (18.104.22.168) 46.306 ms 46.374 ms 46.499 ms 10 ae-2-0.c0.lax91.twc-core.net (22.214.171.124) 46.644 ms 46.882 ms 46.878 ms 11 126.96.36.199 (188.8.131.52) 36.356 ms 39.534 ms 39.423 ms 12 tge7-1.bwlaca1-rtr1.socal.rr.com (184.108.40.206) 42.348 ms tge7-2.bwlaca1-rtr1.socal.rr.com (220.127.116.11) 39.154 ms tge7-1.bwlaca1-rtr1.socal.rr.com (18.104.22.168) 42.387 ms 13 tge8-3.lsanca2-rtr1.socal.rr.com (22.214.171.124) 42.985 ms 42.935 ms 42.802 ms 14 tge9-4.covnca1-rtr1.socal.rr.com (126.96.36.199) 40.246 ms 40.087 ms 40.146 ms 15 tge9-1.pomnca1-rtr1.socal.rr.com (188.8.131.52) 43.759 ms 43.880 ms 40.578 ms 16 cpe-76-166-3-210.socal.rr.com (184.108.40.206) 46.036 ms 43.782 ms 40.713 ms 17 rrcs-76-79-76-100.west.biz.rr.com (220.127.116.11) 44.086 ms !<10> 43.934 ms !<10> 43.985 ms !<10>
Now thinking to my self, I wouldn't host anything on road runner. Its not a reliable provider in my opinion.
question: Does road runner offer 1gbit/10gbit fiber links?
I decided to drive down there since its only ~30 miles away. I was actually pretty amazed by this. Its in the middle of nowhere really. There is a gas station, a motel, their building, and a ride share. I don't see how fiber would be economical in this location unless they pulled some from devry university which is further up the road.
Speaking of ride share, its pretty funny the google & yahoo maps show the ride share as their location on areal photos.
So I went down there and took these pictures, they are not the best since I was in my silverado and all I had was my camera phone.
Proof of address: [url]
Another from the front: [url]
From the freeway side (i went back and took this one after i left): [url]
There was no apparent solar panels on the ground level, which leaves me to believe they were on the roof, from the ground in my truck I couldn't see any on the roof so I cannot confirm that.
The questions that remain are this:
1.) Is there solar panels? and with a building that size how many would be needed to sustain it?
2.) Are they using road runner to host? If so does road runner do 1gbit fiber links?... that HAS to be pricey if they do.
3.) How secure is that building? It looks like a pretty basic office building.
4.) Air conditioning? Does that building have ample cooling?
These things I would never know because they do not allow tours of the facility.
Does any one have an vps with an Ip I can traceroute? I am curious to their network setup as they are very vague on it.
Just wondering how I can disable the backup function in my customers cpanel. I do not want them to have the ability to backup, as it takes up a lot of space. Is it in the WHM backup section? Not sure which option it correlates to.
telling me about your offerings, or trying to convince me about out of area datacenters because of the risk of terrorism, cost, or alien invasion, I'm not seriously shopping around, just doing a bit of initial research.
With that disclaimer, what's a rough expectation of pricing for a NYC, carrier neutral datacenter for 1 cabinet with 60 amps of 110v? Preferrably somewhere that Internap is available.
Whats ur take on Wired Tree folks, shall i jump the ship and provide them with utter bunny mayhem (cause i am known to be intolerably insane when my server is down). How is their overall support, and network and performance ? Anyone current got "Server" from them who would like to throw some light on their performance and services ?
I run a large community site, and i was wondering what the max amount of images I should have in an image folder? I'm looking to upgrade to an image only server and setup subdomain folders to split up the files. right now i have about 200k+ image files in just the public image folder... thats not counting the thumbnail folder, private folders etc...
what people think about jaguarpc I haven't been there too long yet I find the servers some what slow... or I should say VPS's there customer service is good yet I found knownhost to be better performance wise.. I just want to know what others think
I have never understand this? Honestly, what is the point if they all point to one web server? I mean if the web server fails it doesnt do any good if you have 10 DNS servers. The only time it makes sense to me to run multiple DNS servers is if your DNS server is a piece of junk, and always goes down, which honestly doesnt happen that much.
Please give me the difference. Colo in carrier hotel, we can choose our preferred network provider, but should we do that if we cannot have our own tech in datacenter? How about the supporting service from carrier hotel? Just general question, cause I dont address exactly which facility.
And the second would be more expensive? Saying the same number of rack, amount of bandwidth... Who is providing IP addresses then?
I live in Turkey. I'm gonna buy a reseller package from Hostgator which is located in Texas. I will mostly make websites in English language for business(affiliate websites) but I decided to make 2 websites in Turkish language for a hobby of mine. Should I buy hosting from a company in Europe or can I still go with Hostgator? I really like Hostgator's package but how much disadvantage would there be in terms of speed? Would people be able to tell by speed whether the server is close or not? Is there a way to test it? All my friends' computers have a speed around 100kb download per second.
How important is PCI Compliance to you as a hosting provider? Are you compliant now?
Do you intend to be complaint? Also how many thing that just getting a scan from comodo or another scanner makes you compliant?
As far the rules for PCI-DSS state if you store CC's which all hosting companies do if they are using a billing system, i.e MB, WHMCS etc.. You have to be compliant to a fault for a 37 page document with lots and lots of requirements that most don't do and don't know how to do.
Is it worth it to not make the effort and get compliant or risk losing your merchant account and getting on the TMF list and fined $50k?
How important is this from a customer standpoint? Assuming ticket response times are under 1 hour, is Live support something that customers really want? I'm considering adding it as a support option, but want to weigh whether or not its worth it. <<Please setup signature in Member Control Panel>>
When I talked with my friends who are into computer stuff, they'd say that it is important that the provider that I am about to host my site with, has good ping response so that my site will load faster.
I don't know how some web hosting companies get away with saying they offer 24x7 support but don't. I have come across many companies that all clam the same thing but at the end when it comes down to it they are not there when you need them.
My question is if they have a live chat button on there site and I see there sales team offline, that is an immediate sign they are really not there 24x7. If a person is qualified to manage a server is he/she not qualified to sell a product?
how can a network be monitored if you don't have a staff 24x7?
I work for a company that does business mainly in California but we have people all over the country including Boston and NYC. I'm looking for dedicated servers and found good pricing/service in Chicago but worried about response times for my Cali folks. I'm hosting a non public web app that everyone needs to use so the load is low and response times are not super critical.
Will my users experience noticable latency?
Also people that manage the servers may be in Cali as well. Will they find it fustrating to remote into these windows servers and manage them or will it be acceptable or should I find something closer to california?
What really are the chances of a drive failure in any given year?
I worked in corporate IT departments for 15 years and had RAID on everything even though I rarely saw a drive failure. Out of hundreds of drives one might fail in any given year.
It does look like some folks here have experienced drive failures on dedicated boxes though, so my dilemma is this: If both cost the same am I better off to have a box with no RAID at a good host like theplanet, or have a box WITH raid with one of the value hosts?