Colocation Ethernet quotes are commonly more competitive than quotes for Ethernet service that terminates at a business location. This is because most colocation facilities are located in competitive major metropolitan markets and are lit with fiber from several telecom carriers. Because the colocation buildings are lit, colocation bandwidth prices are usually far less expensive than bandwidth that terminates at the business location. Another advantage of utilizing a colocation facility for Ethernet service is availability. A colocation facility’s proximity to fiber virtually guarantees Ethernet availability. One fact that is often overlooked by business owners is that they can usually store their servers at a colocation facility where the servers will be more safely facilitated and where bandwidth will be far less expensive. With this arrangement, businesses can update their servers remotely via public Internet, or by utilizing point-to-point connections or MPLS. A business in a more rural area often will not have access to fiber at all – or if they do, the cost of laying the fiber to that rural business location can be extremely expensive. For rural businesses, colocation Ethernet is an especially strong value.
Ethernet services available at colocation facilities include Fast Ethernet (100 mbps), Gigabit Ethernet (1000 mbps) and burstable Ethernet circuits. DS3, OC3, OC12, OC48 up to OC192 circuits can also be obtained at colocation facilities.
There are many benefits of using colocation for utilizing the bandwidth provided by Ethernet. Power and bandwidth redundancy are important for the continuity of mission critical business functions. If your business is located in an area that has severe weather, you may experience power and bandwidth outages. Colocation facilities have access to many redundant sources of power, so that in the event of a commercial power outage, network traffic will not be interrupted. At a colocation center, if externally supplied power is interrupted, power is then obtained from an on-premise back-up power supply commonly referred to as UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply). The UPS consists of several large banks of batteries, and most colocation facilities have multiple generators to charge these large banks of batteries (UPS). Colocation facilities also have multiple sources of bandwidth. If bandwidth is disrupted from one carrier, it can be automatically re-routed via fail over systems to any of a number of carriers that serve that colocation center.
Colocation centers often have many layers of security for entering the facility. Most are manned on-site, 24 hours a day. Access is often restricted by use of key cards and biometric scanning. Live video monitoring and tracking of the entrance and exit of clients and employees provide additional security measures. Also, your equipment is stored in locked racks that only allow you (or approved personnel) physical access.
Fire detection and suppression is another security feature of colocation facilities. Most colocation facilities have monitors for smoke, heat and fire as well as other environmental monitoring for temperature and humidity control. As an extra precaution, so that equipment is not needlessly damaged, many colocation facilities utilize what is called a “dry-pipe” system for fire suppression. A dry-pipe system will not actually release water until several levels of alarms (for smoke and temperature) have been activated.
Colocation services allow businesses to focus on the day-to-day functions of growing their business without the distraction of maintaining network equipment. Many colocation facilities have on-site IT staff that can perform upgrades, maintenance, or a variety of other services. Some businesses may choose to perform maintenance and upgrade tasks themselves, either from a remote location (via the Internet) or on-site. Either method allows a business to access their equipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.
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