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Moving? Outsource data center facilities may cost less than building your own

Is your company moving?  Leasing or buying new office space impacts the business in several ways.  One of the decisions a company must make is the decision whether to build a new enterprise data center or outsource data center facilities. The impact of critical computer system downtime to your business is the major factor in …

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Affordable colocation: does raised floor equal raised costs?

The top two issues companies talk to us about with regards to outsource data centers are uptime and cost.  Yes, carrier neutral data centers, compliance, and hardened data center facilties are part of the decision, but companies are going to a data center to improve or maintain critical computer system uptime, and cost is always …

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How reliable is your power?

One of our most recent clients chose to move their critical production computer systems to Lifeline’s outsource data center because of their new office location.  They recently moved the main office to a brand new office park, and the power has been extremely unreliable.  In January, they had been told by the power company that …

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Why are Chicago colocation prices so much higher than the rest of the Midwest?

If your company is considering the use of a colocation facility, you have dozens of choices.  Midwest colocation has become very popular because of a few factors: the Midwest is less prone to natural disasters power costs are low compared to the coasts the central location offers fiber density and therefore telecom choices Many companies …

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Affordable Colocation – the real cost of your operating your computers

The electrical power needed to maintain an enterprise data center continues to increase.  Yet in small businesses, the cost of the data center’s electrical power is rarely assigned to the IT department.  Decision makers in the finance and IT departments should consider this hidden cost when evaluating new projects. For a small business in Indianapolis …

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Why is midwest colocation so popular?

Why are so many outsource data centers locating in the Midwest?  Why are Microsoft, Google, and other large Internet companies putting their private data centers in the heartland?  Here are the biggest reasons: Risks of natural disaster are lower Cost of real estate is lower Cost of power and labor is low Great access to …

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Should raised floor be removed from the Rated-4 data center standard?

The Rated-4 data center classification is the gold standard of computer room facilities.  The Uptime Institute defines a number of criteria that enterprise data centers and colocation facilities must meet in order to achieve Rated-4 status. The biggest difference between tier III and higher rated centers is uptime levels: Rated-4 data centers provide 99.995% uptime, …

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Midwest colocation for your disaster recovery center? Part 2

In part 1 of this 2 part series, I talked about your disaster recovery center location, the proximity to your main office and IT staff, and assessing the risks of the region that you choose.  In part 2, I’ll talk about telecom connectivity, compliance, workgroup recovery space and costs. Access to telecom connectivity, both for …

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Affordable Colocation: Does the Pricing Model Make Sense? Part 2

In part 1 of this series, I talked about how pricing models for outsource data center and colocation providers vary greatly.  To recap, a colocation facility typically provides hardened building redundant power redundant cooling rack space, private cages, or both security access to telecommunications services professional services From this list of seven services, the first …

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Affordable Colocation: Does the Pricing Model Make Sense? Part 1

Last week, a potential client followed up with me after receiving quotes from my company, Lifeline Data Centers, and a couple of other Midwest colocation firms, including a Chicago colocation facility. He was baffled at all the different pricing models he received;  no two quotes looked the same.  How could he compare apples to apples? …

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