Wholesale datacenter colocation
colo meets wholesale: Pricing in the balance?

Today, there is a tremendous oversupply of datacenter space in all major markets.

These datacenter companies built huge facilities with the philosophy that if you build it, they will come.

Boy, were they wrong! They have not been able to fill them on bit, and as a result are losing a lot of money. Running an unfilled datacenter is very expensive.

These datacenter operators come to us regularly to ask if could help fill their space.

As a result, we created the NAME YOUR OWN PRICE datacenter ecosystem. You tell us the type of datacenter you want to be in (called the Tier level), your physical space and power requirements, and how much you would like to pay.

We will only match you with datacenters that meet your requirements and pricing. We are the Priceline of the datacenters.


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Cabinet Types
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At most datacenters, full cabinets are between 42 and 48 rack units while half cabinets are between 21 and 24 rack units. Both full and half cabinets are four post, lockable secure racks for computer equipment such as servers, storage and firewalls.

Power Types
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In US datacenters, power is available in both 120 volt and 208 volt configurations. Newer computer equipment often runs more efficiently and "cooler" with 208 volt power. Amps are a measure of the amount of electric charge passing a point in an electric circuit. The higher the amps, the more equipment can be installed in the cabinet. Datacenters often think in terms of Kilowatts, which can be obtains from multiplying volts x amps. For example: a 208 volt, 30 amp full cabinet is 6.24 kilowatts.

Timeframe
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We are often asked by datacenter operators when you would need your colocation service. Datacenters sometimes have limited space or power capacity, so this lets us tell them when to expect your arrival so they can plan ahead.

Datacenter Tiers
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The datacenter tiers are a well-known four tier system that provides a simple and effective means for identifying different data center site infrastructure design topologies. The Uptime Institute's tiered classification system is an industry standard approach to site infrastructure functionality addresses common benchmarking standard needs. For more detailed information, click here.

95th Percentile
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95th percentile is a way to meter bandwidth usage that allows a customer to burst beyond their committed base rate, and still provides the carrier with the ability to scale their billing with the cost of the infrastructure and transit commits (if any). Its an alternative to either capped ports with fixed billing or actual data transferred, which are models more frequently seen outside the datacenter where occasional bursting is either not allowed or penalized with higher bills.

Carriers sample the amount of data transferred on a customer's port(s) every 5 minutes and use that value to derive a data rate (typically in megabits per second or Mbps) for that 5 minute interval. Over the course of a customers monthly billing cycle, around 8000 of these samples are taken. These values are then sorted and ranked by percentile, and the value that falls on the 95th percentile will be the customer's bill for the month if it exceeds their base commit rate. The higher a customer's base commit rate, the lower their per-Mbps cost will be, allowing to bulk purchase of bandwidth and well as less volatility in the event their 95th percentile rate exceeds their base commit. For a fairly normal business traffic pattern, that provides a value that is fair to both the carrier and the customer in terms of service delivered to the customer and the ability of the carrier to scale its infrastructure to meet customer needs over time.

Most datacenters use a five minute sampling and 95% usage when calculating usage.