Post by W
Our company is considering the option of downsizing the physical office and
I think it's a good idea, i've done it a few times (or just build office infrastructure in colo from start).
This way you do not need to keep moving your infrastructure each time you move office.
With fast connectivity available in many bay area locations difference with local is imperceptible.
You would still likely need to have a minimal office infrastructure (wifi, printers), but it can be quite trivial.
I've also noticed that remote environment often ends up better documented
and maintained (even if it's only 5 minutes away).
Post by W
1) What are the going rates these days for a full rack that is secured, or
for a very small cage with multiple racks inside?
When you're talking about "secured rack" i assume you mean locking cabinet, something like
In private cages you can use 2-post or 4-post racks; shared cages probably do not fit your requirements.
There are too many variables to give a specific number:
- is bandwidth included or not
- number of cabinets
You can use ~$1000-1500 per cabinet as a ballpark figure.
With contemporary servers if you fill the rack you'd likely require more power than initial vendor offering would include.
Some datacenter vendors, like Equinix, claim to be carrier-neutral and specifically exclude connectivity from their offerings.
The upside is they usually have a larger selection of ISPs and carriers (they do not compete with them), which can give you
diversity/reliability and competitive bandwidth pricing; the downside is increase of complexity, and often in price.
If this is first time you're colocating (and you do not have outsize bandwidth needs) you may consider a non-carrier-neutral
datacenter, which offers connectivity as well, in a package.
Post by W
2) What is the best package available for data? I would want the cage to
have full gigabit access to the ISP infrastructure. Unlikely we will use
that much data but having a package that gives a lot of data with the
monthly rate is desirable to avoid billing surprises.
Bandwidth in datacenter environment is usually sold with burstable (typically 95-percentile) billing:
Almost any ISPs would sell you a GigE pipe, but many would require at least 100Mbps commit.
All-inclusive (non-carrier-neutral datacenters) in my experience are happy to sell
you GigE with low (10-20MBps+ 95-percentile) commit as a part of the package.
With burstable circuit you need to be mindful about your traffic consumption, since hacked
or misconfigured server can quickly rack up charges on a fast pipe.
Flat-rate (unlimited) GigE can run you a few K per month by itself.
Post by W
3) Can someone recommend specific ISPs that have a minimum OC3 uplink to
their backbone provider located in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, or West San Jose?
I suspect OC3-s are less common now, being supplanted with MAN
No idea about Cupertino, it probably only has corporate datacenters.
Equinix has datacenters in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, downtown San Jose and South San Jose.
There are quite a few datacenters in Santa Clara, due to cheaper city power and available city fiber.
For specific ISPs see next paragraph.
Post by W
Cost is an issue. We don't want the best money can buy. We want the best
Among carrier-neutral vendors i've used i can recommend Equinix and QTS (Santa Clara).
Neither is cheap, but service is great. Equinix can be slightly more expensive and has a reacher offering.
You would need to obtain cross-connect(s) within facility and connectivity from another vendor.
It's probably easier to start with a non-carrier neutral datacenter, which would sell you a whole package.
Here is list of those i've used and can recommend, in the order of personal preference:
Layer42 http://layer42.net/ Santa Clara, Mountain View
Hurricane Electric http://he.net/ Fremont, San Jose
vXchnge (ex Bayarea.net) http://www.vxchnge.com/ Santa Clara
SV Colo http://www.svcolo.com/ Santa Clara