Data Center Power Compartmentalization

Midwest colocation: savvy IT shops don’t care where their data centers are

We are constantly talking to large companies on the east and west coasts about our Midwest colocation facilities.  They are interested in using our facilities for one or more of three  functions: Enterprise data center – the company is considering moving their primary data center facility into an outsource data center Disaster recovery center – …

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Chicago Disaster Recovery – use affordable colocation in Indianapolis

For companies located in Chicago, disaster recovery projects may benefit from affordable colocation options in Indianapolis, just three hours away. CIO strategies that include outsource data center facilities are saving companies money and improving uptime.  The cost of downtime is getting higher for companies of all sizes.  Colocation pricing models can help companies move out …

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Is there such a thing as affordable colocation with 99.995% uptime?

Do affordable colocation and 99.995% uptime come in the same package? Can you get 36 minutes of downtime or less per year for less than $20 per foot per month? The answer is yes.  There are a few hardened data centers that offer facilities comparable to Uptime Institute standards, but that are less than $20 …

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How important is a hardened data center facility?

One of the most critical factors in protecting your critical data and avoiding downtime is your data center’s ability to withstand natural or man-made disasters and acts of terrorism.  The term “hardened data center” is used to describe computer room facilities that are designed to withstand these catastrophes. The most common type of hardened data …

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Disaster recovery center: do-it-yourself is more popular

There is a growing trend in our prospects and customer base;  do-it-yourself disaster recovery center.  This DIY approach comes from a number of factors: Companies are tired of paying for expensive all-encompassing contracts that don’t match up well with their specific needs. Replication, load balancing and failover technologies have become more prevalent and less expensive. …

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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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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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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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Choosing a disaster recovery center – geographic diversity

So you finally have budget approval for your IT disaster recovery project.  How do you choose a disaster recovery center? SearchDataCenter’s Russell Olsen published an article on geographic diversity that sheds light on the question “how far is far enough” when it comes to your disaster recovery colocation or data center. Choosing a data recovery …

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Chicago Disaster Recovery: Use Indianapolis

We talk to many Chicago companies who are considering a disaster recovery colocation site. What are they looking for? * Hardened data center facilities – companies want an F5 tornado resistant data center. * Midwest colocation – Chicago companies are looking for a location away from the shadow of the Sears tower, but close enough …

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