Alex Carroll and Rich Banta from Lifeline Data Centers

Colocation power costs can justify the trouble of moving a data center

Good data center strategy includes considering the long-term costs of power for the data center, and managing those costs on a long-term basis. Many companies have found that outsource data center facilities (colocation) can help them reduce data center power costs, while improving critical systems availability (uptime). Companies that pay over 6 centers per kilowatt …

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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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Affordable colocation – watch out for monthly cross-connect fees

Is affordable colocation possible?  It is, especially in the Midwest.  A few outsource data center facilities offer: 99.995% uptime pricing models where you can pay-as-you-grow fair power billing based on actual electrical usage no cross connect fees in a carrier neutral data center facilities Fair pricing on managed services, if you need them. data center …

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Alex Carroll and Rich Banta from Lifeline Data Centers

Affordable colocation is out there, even at 99.995% uptime

Affordable colocation is out there.  Clients can rent rack space at low rates and get things like: redundant UPS power conditioning systems generator backup air conditioning security fire suppression bandwidth and transport from a few companies But if your cost of data center downtime is high, you may be looking for affordable colocation facilities that …

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Alex Carroll and Rich Banta from Lifeline Data Centers

Deadline? Expand your enterprise data center quickly with affordable colocation

I’ve been working on a request for proposal (RFP) for a brand new enterprise data center this week.  The company’s lease on their existing data center is ready to expire.  This normally wouldn’t cause a need to look for a new facility,  but they recently decided to replace their primary line-of-business application, and the new …

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Rated-4 data center: avoiding downtime for your critical systems

Many companies use the Uptime Institute tiering system when planning to build or lease enterprise data center space. Companies ask vendors if they are a tier III or higher data center. What these companies are often concerned with is the uptime level they can expect from the vendor. If you consider data centers with 4 …

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Outsource the data center in phases: the leapfrog approach

Right now we are in discussions with a client about using our outsource data center first as an addition to their enterprise data center, then as a disaster recovery colocation. The company is experiencing chronic problems with their in-house enterprise data center.  Downtime has been a problem because they are at the top end of …

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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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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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