08 Oct

Three Things to Consider When Choosing a Data Center Colocation Provider


By Cameron Larson

One of the most important decisions your business will have to make as it grows is if you are you going to continue maintaining your servers in house or save time, reduce risk, and best of all stabilize your operating expenses by choosing a Data Center Colocation Provider for your company.

Before going out to search for a data center, recovery or colocation provider yourself here are three things you should consider before choosing a data center colocation provider.

#1 – Location

The first thing to consider when choosing a data center no matter where your business is located in the United States is location.

You want to have a data center that’s close to your company headquarters because this will enable your employees who manage your IT infrastructure to visit the location of your Data Center Colocation Provider.

Besides choosing a data center that’s close to your office you should also choose a data center that offers geographic stability and is not close to an active fault line.

In Oregon for companies who are searching for a location that’s not near any active fault line is Central Oregon. Besides not being located near any active fault lines, Bend is a great location for a data center thanks to climate stability, access to power the power grid and power redundancy.

#2 – Amenities

Another important factor when considering the Data Center Colocation provider you choose is amenities in addition to the space, cooling, power and the connectivity that a data center offers.

Some of the amenities you should look for in a data center include: conference rooms, copy machines, break room or kitchen because your It Staff may need to work there for long periods of time and it pays to choose a data center that has the perks to keep your employees comfortable while they are working there.

Although amenities are important in a Data Center Colocation provider you should also choose a company who offers plenty of technical support (remote hands) whenever your company has a need for it.

#3 – Pricing

Last of all, but most important is the topic of pricing because every data center out there today charges different prices and it’s important to choose the best company that offers you not just the most affordable price, but the most value for your investment.

At Wavesmith we will find you the best data center in a carrier neutral or carrier owned facility that will enable you to manage your business over the most efficient network possible for a great price.

Choose a Data Center Colocation Provider

To get started with choosing a Data Center Colocation Provider contact Wavesmith today by calling us at (800) 792-5850 extension 500 or click here to connect with us online.

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01 Sep

DreamHost Becomes Anchor Tenant in the ViaWest New Hillsboro Oregon Data Center

By Cameron Larson

HILLSBORO – In the last week ViaWest has made some major moves including signing up DreamHost, a webhosting and cloud provider as the anchor tenant at their New Hillsboro Oregon Data Center.

This is big news for ViaWest because luring an anchor tenant as big as DreamHost is a critical first step for ViaWest’s new data center build and it’s also the turning point where their new data center will start to generate revenue.

ViaWest Datacenter Innovation

Unlike other players in the data center market this is news because, most companies hold off on building a data center until after they’ve secured an anchor tenant, but Viawest chose to go with a speculative build and build their new data center first which is 140,000 square feet in space, in a building which is over 200,000 square feet.

ViaWest has remained a strong company after being acquired by Shaw Communications for over $1 billion dollars last year and their new Brookwood data center in Hillsboro’s Silicon Forest is going to be a major leader in the data center world for years to come.

The Brookwood Data Center is actually ViaWest’s third data center in Oregon and the new generation 4 data center will feature the latest design, reliability and quality which are needed more now than ever in data centers today.

What’s great about ViaWest’s Brookwood data center is that it will feature a more reliable electrical system and their “Super-CRAH” cooling technology which was initially invented for their Lone Mountain data center.

What’s Next For DreamHost?

Besides moving into the new Viawest Data Center, DreamHost is making more moves including consolidating two of its data centers, outsourcing the management of their data center and so much more.

In a recent interview with www.datacenterknowledge.com DreamHost VP Patrick Lane echoed one of the main reasons why his company is moving their operation to ViaWest by saying: “We wanted to focus our internal resources on developing products instead of maintaining our data centers”.

Offering More Value to Their Customers

By moving their internal resources to ViaWest DreamHost can now focus on offering more value added services to their 400,000 strong customer base which also includes close to 2 million websites and almost 800,000 WordPress installations.

If you’re not familiar with Cisco or DreamHost this company is more than just a hosting company, they have also been diving into the world of OpenStack including being a major player in open source projects like Ceph, InkTank and more.

DreamHost is also the anchor tenant at RagingWire’s Ashburn Virginia Data Center since they recognized the need to have a cloud offering on the East Coast which is equivalent to the well-known Amazon Cloud zones.

Learn More

To learn more about ViaWest and the cost savings your business will receive by moving to their data center contact WaveSmith today by calling us at (800) 795-5850 extension 500 or click here. 

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