Lifeline Data Centers

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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Data Center Power Compartmentalization

Midwest colocation: the easy way to more uptime

Midwest colocation (outsource data center) is one of the simplest ways companies can drive more uptime from their critical systems, while at the same time reducing data center costs. One of our newest customers was tired of the chronic power outages in their office space.  They did not want to install a generator, because it …

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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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Data Center Power Compartmentalization

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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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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