Choosing a new colocation service provider is a very
important decision. It can seem like a very
difficult task. Taking time to research and write
out details can make the decision clear and less
confusing. It is important that this is not an
emotional decision, but instead an informed decision.
Making an informed decision in choosing a colocation
service provider will help you rest easy knowing that
you have selected a provider which provides the
colocation services at a quality level meeting your
The networks offered at a colocation provider
facility are a very important piece of the puzzle when
looking for the right provider to
company's equipment. This can make a big
difference in the uptime reliability and speed.
These two issues will affect your business and your
company's reputation. Read more about
colocation Internet bandwidth and how to be sure
what quality of network a company is really offering.
The colocation facility, otherwise known as the
Internet data center, should have a number of essential
services included such as redundant UPS and Prime Source
type generator backed premium power, redundant
environmental control systems in every suite, and 24/7
on site staff. Read more about the essential
features for a
colocation service provider data center to be sure
you are making an informed decision.
Provider Reputation & History
When researching what colocation service provider
truly is a match for your Internet
data center needs be
sure to consider the company's reputation and history.
Companies who have a long history of being in debt will
be a much greater risk than a company which has been
stable and profitable for its' history. Some
things to look for may be things such as bankruptcy.
For instance XO has filed bankruptcy twice. Abovenet
has also filed bankruptcy. Cogent and Level 3 are deeply
in debt and going further into debt each month.
Debt is not a stable position for a company to maintain
and it often causes
service quality to suffer.
Also be sure that the company has been around for some
time. If it is a fly-by-night operation, then
there is always the risk they will go away. This
is an important feature to consider when making this
important decision. With a company that has a
solid financial and service history as your primary
colocation service provider you are most assured to have
the best service for a long time to come.