Colocation is leasing space for one's own servers or racks of servers in a datacenter owned by another entity.

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What tools, parts, accessories do you keep in your Colo?

I know Colo is less popular these days with the Cloud, but I thought I'd ask people what tools and extra parts, etc they like to keep in their Colo cages or racks. Here are some of my favorites: ...
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Datacenter with fast connectivity to AWS Virgina (S3 data exchange) [closed]

I'm looking for a colo with a fast connection and low latency to the Amazon Web Services Virginia location. I need fast connectivity to S3 with reasonable pricing for a server that can handle CPU ...
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Out of Band Access - what's your favorite Terminal / Console Server [closed]

I am looking for a 32 or 48 port Console Server for access to routers, switches console ports in our Colo - any recommendations? The devices it would connect to are mainstream (Cisco, HP, NetApp, ...
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Server co-location in Hong Kong [closed]

We are building a website that need to be dedicatedly hosted at some point. We are physically located in Australia, but the colocation/dedicated hosting is ridiculously expensive in Australia, ...
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Sending email without mail gateway?

I'm currently speaking to a co-location host. They say they don't provide a mail gateway (SMTP or whatever) with their colo service. Perhaps this is a hole in my understanding, but I thought that ...
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Ubuntu server monitoring

I'm about to begin to colocate a server and I'm looking for lightweight server monitoring. From those of you with experience, what kind of monitoring should I look for? What do I want to avoid?
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Securely wipe a headless remote linux server

I'm about to terminate my relationship with my hosting provider of many years, but I'd like to securely wipe the box before I do. This is a dedicated server running Debian on a single EXT3 drive and ...
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Barracuda Web Application Firewall in routed mode

I'm looking at the Barracuda Web Application Firewall to sit in front of a LAMP server at a colo facility. From what I gather in the documentation, you can set it up in bridged mode or routed mode, ...
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Co-location vs. cloud hosting

We have a decent-sized server estate: several ProLiants, plus IBM BladeCentre and SANs running a VMWare environment. Due to an imminent premises move, we're not going to have enough space for a ...
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Datacenter Colocation Phone

In my cage I don't get good enough phone reception. A phone that goes over the network also doesn't seem ideal for when I am working on the network. Do people have traditional phones delivered to ...
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Strategy to allow emergency access to colocation crew

I'm setting up a server at a new colocation center half way around the world. They installed the OS for me and sent me the root password, so there's obviously a great amount of trust in them. ...
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Server configuration advice for new site that could get lots of traffic within 6m

We're setting up a new web2.0 type site with elements of e-commerce. Budget is kind of tight. Due to the nature of the site and promotions, etc., we expect traffic could ramp up fairly quickly. ...
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ESXi Behind Virtual Machine

Just as a follow-up to my previous question: I have an ESXi server that I'm moving into a colocation facility that supplies me a single IP address. I think I'm going to go the route of setting up a ...
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Virtual Machine NATing

I'm moving a box that's running ESXi into a server colocation room at a local ISP. This box has a few virtual machines on it, and the local ISP just provides 1 IP address (by default). Is there ...
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Hosting: Location, location, location

What factors generally seem most important if you have issues of geography that seem relevant for providing an internet service and freedom to choose between locations. How do you evaluate them? A ...
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hosting, which one to choose? shared, vps, dedicated, colo?

I have a local centos setup with the following installed. Ive got kind of used to my local server (i like setting up my own servers) and would like to find the easiest way to replicate it online. I ...
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How to choose IP Transit and Co-location providers [closed]

I have reached a capacity where managed hosting is becoming expensive - especially with respect to the cost of bandwidth we are using. A cursory quote from cogent demonstrate that we could be saving ...
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Are Colocation Cross Connects Worth While

We currently operate three clusters of collocated machines in different data centers. Recently, I became aware that our newest data center will offer to cross connect us to a bandwidth provider free ...
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Colocation sharing

I know it might sound a bit bizzare but does anyone know some where that people can share a dedicated or colocated host? Basically buying a server and paying for colocation in a data centre is much ...
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Datacenter Reviews

Anyone know of site that has a good amount of datacenter reviews? I have looked at datacentertalk.com and webhostingstuff.com , but I didn't find much on those sites.
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colocation wants minimum of 1 MBit transfer

if a colocation company wants you commit to at least 1 MBit transfer, I'm curious what that translates to monthly assuming one maxes out on the 1 mbit. any general rule of thumbs in terms of how many ...
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I have one server that I want to put in a datacenter

I only have one server. I don't need a whole rack. What's an economical option for this? Is there any way to sublet part of a rack?
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What type of Firewall appliance for website co-location?

We are moving a high traffic site (20Mb/s - 80Mb/s) to a co-location instead a dedicated server at a hosting company. As part of the infrastructure build-out we are deciding between buying a FortiGate ...
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general info on colocation

Just some quick questions on colocation and what things to look out for. When looking for a colocation facility, what are things I should be looking for? What are the differences between a cheap ...
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Need a good colocation host

I'm looking for a good collocation host in Los Angeles. I've looked at quite a few hosts, but found precious few reviews. Has anyone had particularly good or bad experiences that can point me in a ...
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Colocation near EC2

Does anyone know any colocation providers near the Amazon's US EC2 facility(ies)? I'm needing to colocate a couple servers that need to be able to connect with EC2 with the lowest latency possible. I ...
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Colocation payment policy? - does it depend on electricity?

I've used a colocation service for about 3 months. This is my first touch to run web servers in a data center, so I don't have any idea and information about server hosting (or colocation). Now, I'm ...
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How does Colocation work in regards to actual machine hosting?

I'm new to the subject, so I apologize in advance if this is a basic no brainer question, but what I would like to know is that generally speaking, does Colocation provide for you in terms of hosting ...
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How do I move my servers to a datacenter?

I feel like an idiot for having to ask this, but essentially, I have a few server in my private data centre that I would like to repurpose for web hosting. I am currently hosting my site with goDaddy ...
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How do I know how much power a server will need - for colocation

I'm trying to figure out my colocation needs and one requirement is the power usage of a server. Most colocation providers give you the option of between 0.4 and 1 amps per U server. How should I go ...
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hosting country for a global site

For a high traffic global web site is it efficient to change the hosting country to out of US ? I have to make a decision between colocating our own servers nears us vs dedicated server solution at ...
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How can I calculate a server's amperage?

When ordering co-location services, a certain amount of power is included, for example 0.25 amps, 0.5 amps, 1 amps, 2 amps, etc. How do I calculate how much a server is going to require?
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remote desktop access colocated windows server?

I am planning to deploy a Windows server running a web application into a colocation for the first time. I have already run IIS lockdown and done a number of other security tweaks based on advise from ...
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Moving co-location facility (managed network to unmanaged)

Our current co-location facility provides a managed network environment (e.g. firewall, etc.) for our servers. We are considering a new co-location facility that offers us more rack space and higher ...
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Hardware to remotely reset a server which doesn't have a built in IPMI module?

I work for a hosting company, where we offer colocation services. Since we offer colocation for client hardware which we don't own, a lot of the client devices don't have an IPMI module to allow ...
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Limit CPU of single MYSQL Process

This is a relatively simple question, which hopefully has a simple answer. The almighty google isn't muchhelp on this one thus far. I run a fairly active web hosting business. I have a client who ...
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how to find a good data center?

At my start-up, we're getting to the point where we should be hosting our servers at a data center. I'd appreciate any tips and tricks y'all can offer on finding a reputable place to colocate our ...
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Understanding colo pricing with respect to power needs

I run a small shared web hosting company and rent all my servers. I periodically consider switching to colocating my own boxen and inevitably get stuck understanding how much it may cost. As far as ...
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Installing an OS from a netbooted Linux image [closed]

Let's say that you're working on a strange machine with these limitations: You don't have physical access at all. You get a serial console, and a network. You get one of six Linux installs to work ...
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Ideas for a Linux solution to use as much of 95th percentile bandwidth as possible?

Update: I'm looking for an automated "95th percentile bandwidth limiter". I was originally hoping for something part of the traffic shaping code in the kernel but I think it doesn't exist. I'm aware ...