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  Post #16 (permalink)   02-12-2013, 04:45 PM
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Some questions to ponder when selecting a data center:
  • What types of security policies do they have in place?
  • What is their power availability and history of outages?
  • What cooling scheme do they employ?
  • How do they monitor security and network health?
  • What alerts do they have in place? (fire, smoke, moisture?)
  • What are the prices of their services, including hands on?
  • What is their SLA?
  • Do they offer dedicated ports?
  • Who are their upstream providers?
  • Do they test their backup generators?
  • Do they offer A/B power?
  • Do they offer livechat support?
  • Do they have 800 phone support?
  • Do you feel comfortable communicating with their sales and support staff?
  • Do they offer BGP?
  • Is their center accessible?
  • Are they growing?
  • How quick do they respond to support tickets?
  • How do they handle DDOS attacks?
  • Do they post network status?
  • What types of cabinets do they offer?
  • Can you customize power to your requirements?
  • What is their policy on additional IP's?
  • Do they offer KVM services? Crash carts?
  • Do they offer managed backups?
  • Do they offer cross connects?
Spot on. Exactly what i be looking for.
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  Post #17 (permalink)   02-13-2013, 11:33 AM
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Did not realize SLA was so important. Are you talking about colocation here, I am not horribly familiar with it so any info would be appreciated.
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  Post #18 (permalink)   02-27-2013, 02:54 AM
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All the features above are important but the most important ones are Support quality and SLAs, as well as network stability.
 
 
 


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  Post #19 (permalink)   02-27-2013, 06:02 PM
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How do you choose your data center? usually, what elements you will consider in?
I chose the one I run out of based on the fact that they are a Top 5 Global Internet Service Provider Founded in 1999; publicly traded company (NASDAQ: CCOI). Serves over 160 major metro markets in North America and Europe. Provides Internet access, Ethernet transport and colocation services. Currently serves more than 25,000 NetCentric (bandwidth-intensive users) and Corporate customer connections worldwide.

I figured if they've come that far, everything is in place.
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  Post #20 (permalink)   02-28-2013, 07:34 PM
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Many different factors have been discussed already, but you can't forget to factor in the ability to expand (Provided this is something you need). If you ended up with the last bit of space in a datacenter you are hoping to expand further in odds are you will be either A- Waiting from them to build out or B- Waiting for another client to move out.
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  Post #21 (permalink)   03-18-2013, 12:25 PM
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Always interesting to know if they run 'lights out' ever, aka hooking up all the servers to some sort of remote access, DRAC, iLO, IMPI. If they do and then offer it to you, it can cut down on a LOT of remote hands fees if you have the ability to send your servers remote reboots, or hop on and make simple adjustments yourself.
 
 
 


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  Post #22 (permalink)   06-14-2013, 09:44 PM
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#1 Price
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  Post #23 (permalink)   06-17-2013, 04:32 AM
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Some things to consider when looking at potential Data Centers to house your servers...

1. Facility Location

2. IT & Network Infrastructure

3. On-site Security & Surveillance

4. Power & Backup Generators

5. Uptime Record + Company Reputation

6. IT Staff & Personnel

7. Fire Suppression & Cooling

8. Contracts/SLA's/TOS's

There are many more things to consider but these will get you started.
I think the price is important too
 
 
 


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  Post #24 (permalink)   07-25-2013, 04:16 PM
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We chose ours solely based on user reviews in forums such as these. Price was important as well, and we wanted specifically for our server(s) to be located in North America, so that narrowed down our choices as well.

I don't want to shamelessly plug who we use, since I don't see others doing that. But those are at least the stipulations we had in place when doing our search.
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  Post #25 (permalink)   07-30-2013, 12:30 AM
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  Post #26 (permalink)   08-12-2013, 07:16 AM
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There are numerous things to consider before choosing a Data Center. If you look at just the basic part then first thing would be the location of the DC.

Once you finalize the DC, look for a DC that has SSAE16 TYPE II or SAS70 TYPE II certified with an N+1 power and cooling infrastructure in place. This will cover most/all of the infrastructure requirements.

Last but not the least the service provider with excellent support and availability is a must. Go with a provider who is experience and in business for atleast 10+ years.
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  Post #27 (permalink)   08-27-2013, 04:27 PM
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#1 Support - If there is a crisis or a critical server offline, I want to know it can be resolved ASAP. Many datacenters could care less about their customers, and leave them hanging offline for hours and hours.

#2 Network - Connectivity, DDOS, power issues, and everything else under the sun can take a server offline. I want to know that they have redundancy in place for multiple services and a quality network provider. And have onsite support 24/7/365, which ties into #1.

#3 Price - The price HAS to have value as a result of #1 and #2. You get what you pay for!
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  Post #28 (permalink)   08-27-2013, 05:31 PM
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I think it depends on your business strategy. For example, if you live in New York and you are aiming at local clients, you won't want to be hosting servers in Mexico or anywhere in the south, so you can narrow down your search by location.

Also, bandwidth carriers is a big decision maker. You might have great pricing, great location, but what if the datacenter has cheap and non-stable carriers?

You want to check out the support and the features that the facility offers. For instance, do they have fast proactive support when one of your servers goes down? How long do you need to wait for an OS reload? Can you "self service" your account and servers (re-install, set DNS, reboot etc).

I would also be looking at other things too, ping rates from different locations, test files, public network status (if available), reviews etc.
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  Post #29 (permalink)   08-28-2013, 12:12 AM
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You need to consider various things while selecting Datacenter. But amongst them price, connectivity, power back, security, disaster recovery policy, support and location are major factors to be considered while selecting Datacenter for web hosting.
 
 
 


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  Post #30 (permalink)   08-28-2013, 11:35 PM
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Check for reviews and uptime. I always see unnotified maintaince cause issue.
 
 
 
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