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Comparing Austin Colocation to Houston Colocation Options (SlideShare) Comparing Austin Colocation to Houston Colocation Options (SlideShare). Which is better – Austin colocation or colocation in Houston? Learn about 4 topics you must consider when doing your due diligence and making decisions. Copyright (C) SP Home Run Inc. All worldwide rights reserved.

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Comparing Austin Colocation to Houston Colocation Options (SlideShare)

  1. 1. SPONSORED BY LEAD GENERATION BEST PRACTICES FOR COLOCATION DATA CENTERS Comparing Austin Colocation to Houston Colocation Options
  2. 2. It can be challenging to select a colocation provider because there are so many factors that need to be taken into account... Sponsored by
  3. 3. • Which facility offers the most features? • Which facility offer the best price? • And for companies that have a corporate presence in both Austin and Houston, there’s an additional question that has to be answered: Which city? Sponsored by
  4. 4. Both Houston and Austin colocation centers vary in terms of services offered, costs, connectivity, and service-level agreements. Sponsored by
  5. 5. Service and Power Costs • Two colocation centers may offer identical service lists, but the real costs involved could differ significantly. • Power and cooling specifications affect the price as well as the number of server storage cabinets that need to be rented. • A lot of colocation centers can only support up to 5 kW per cabinet, so companies that use blade servers will have to rent one cabinet per server. • A few colocation centers now support higher power densities, but costs will vary if 10 kW or more per cabinet is needed. Sponsored by
  6. 6. Connectivity Considerations • Some sites are carrier-neutral and permit clients to use any provider while others will only allow connections to carriers that they have relationships with. • Bandwidth costs, as well as the option to choose carriers, need to be carefully considered before making a decision. Sponsored by
  7. 7. Redundancy, Uptime, and Service Levels • When assessing the reliability of a colocation center, company managers should be aware that availability claims are normally based on broad interpretations of the tier system. • Many tier 1 locations have next to no downtime while some tier 4 sites constantly experience issues. • It is important to review a colocation provider’s operational history as well as its contingency plans and recovery procedures in the event of a problem. Sponsored by
  8. 8. Support and Security • Clients who prefer to do their own equipment installation and maintenance need to ensure that the center’s security personnel allow third parties, such as a manufacturer’s field technician, to access their equipment (provided proper authorization is provided). • Some providers deny third-party vendors access to hosted equipment unless they are accompanied by the client. • It’s a reassuring security practice but could prove problematic if the client has no representatives located near the site. Sponsored by
  9. 9. Colocation providers in Austin and Houston both provide quality services to clients seeking to outsource their IT needs, but choosing the right one can be tricky. Sponsored by
  10. 10. Determining what is needed and knowing what to expect puts a company manager in a better position to make the best choice. Sponsored by
  11. 11. How did you find that Austin colocation centers compare to those in Houston? Sponsored by
  12. 12. Let us know your thoughts in the Comments box below. Sponsored by
  13. 13. Copyright © SP Home Run Inc. SP Home Run is a RegisteredTrademark of SP Home Run Inc.AllWorldwide Rights Reserved. Recommended Reading Learn How Colocation Data Centers Can Create a Scalable, Data-Driven, Marketing and Sales FunnelThat Powers Growth DownloadYour Free Copy Now at