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

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Can I send my server to a data center?

I have a server that hosts a website at home and when I'm at other places accessing my website it is very slow. My Upload speed is 3mbps and I get over 1k users a day. It has got to be incredibly slow ...
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Maxing out both PDUs in a rack with redundant power

If I have a rack full of servers using redundant power supplies, and I'm keeping the amps at 80% (16A of 20A), isn't this still asking for trouble in the event of a power loss on one of the circuits? ...
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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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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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When does colocation become more cost effective than renting dedicated servers?

The company I use ranges from $136-$495 per month, per server, ranging from low-end (AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+) to enterprise (Intel Dual Xeon X5650, A/B Power). The biggest pro for renting a server is ...
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Is it normal for inbound traffic to far exceed outbound traffic?

I have a web server on a coloc host. All 'planned' activity is over HTTP. (There's no FTP server, no bittorrent client, no IRC bots, etc.) My inbound traffic is consistently 5-10 times higher than my ...
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can I use US servers in Europe?

I have a couple of Dell Poweredge R200 coloed in the US and thinking to move some of them to Europe. I am wondering if this is possible without modification (regarding 110 vs 230 voltage difference)? ...
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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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Understanding redundant power supplies

Im looking into the cost of putting a Cassandra cluster into a colo facility. Along these lines there would be 6-8 servers at the outset with expected growth over time. One option is just a series of ...
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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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100 Mbit/s Colocation Connectivity [closed]

I have an offer for 100 Mbit/s network speed in as a co-location service. 100mbit includes download/upload all together? For example: Can I upload with 100Mbit/s while downloading 100Mbit/s at same ...
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Secure Colocation Kiosk

I am looking to create a secure colocation kiosk so that customers can confirm http, ping, ssh etc. This would include just a browser, ssh client (possibly firessh firefox addon), and possibly ...
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Receiving Cable/Satellite Television in Colo?

I am running analysis over many live TV channels (both broadcast and cable networks). Currently I have an office setup with couple of DISH receivers hooked up to HDMI capture cards in a machine ...
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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 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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Should HA hardware be in separate cabinets?

I want to host (co-located) a service at a Pier1, Q9 or some similar hosting facility. Is it best practice to put my failover hardware in separate cabinets, and in your experience, will the hosting ...
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How many power circuits do I have in a rack?

I'm planning to get some colocation space from someone in my area, and like most companies that offer colocation, ask about power supplies (of course) in the quote form. I'll need a power of 1000W ...
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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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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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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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Firewall for servers at a colo?

I'm moving a couple of servers to a colo and was wondering what you would recommend for a hardware firewall to sit in front of them? Is it fine to just get the cheapest ...
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Planning to move servers from one colo to another

We're not very pleased with our current colocation provider and so we're looking to move to a different company in a different city. Our business is an online school that's accessed world wide (which ...
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What does “1-gig switch port” mean in co-location terms?

I am looking for a place to colocate my server and I am not sure what this host sent back to me means. I know what mbps is, but what is a "1 gig switch port"? Here is the whole message: 1U in ...
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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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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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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 ...
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(Financial exchange) colocation and DR sites

As far as I understand it, firms that colocate their servers with a financial exchange do so only at the primary site. (Correct me if I'm wrong). So what happens if the primary site goes up in flames ...
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How do I negotiate for colo space?

I guess this isn't a technical question, but it definitely is something IT teams deal with, so here goes: I'm looking at getting a rack at a local colocation facility. I'm weighing the options versus ...
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New to Colo - What switch should I get? [closed]

I'm colocating a 1U server next week, and I'm looking for a 5 port or less switch that is reliable. My mobo has two interfaces: one for IPMI and one for the OS, so I need at least a two port switch. I ...
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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, Full Rack, Layer2/Layer3 Clarification

We are moving from several 1U servers colo'ed out across several data centers to a full rack in a nearby data center for both physical access reasons, as well as having space for expansion. We also ...
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Are Multiple NIC Ports Needed for a Cross Connect at a Colocation?

If one is going to run a cross-connect in a data center colocation does that mean that it requires another physical network port in the machine being connected? For example if a machine in a data ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the reason for variation in colocation pricing? [closed]

I have been doing a lot of research on colocation lately and have gained a lot of understanding in regards to how it all works and the different prices for various parts of colocation. Overall a lot ...
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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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Does exist any IP-KVM that connects to motherboards pinheads with powerbutton, reset, etc.? [closed]

Exists couple of "servers" based on usual consumers motherboard, without any remote capabilities. Is there any kvm with modules, that connects to pin header of motherboard, where powerbutton, reset ...
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How to use 2 subnets on one network

I have some servers at a colocation. They've given us an IP range, subnet and gateway. Now we have run out of IP addresses and they've given us a new range of IPs but with a different subnet and ...
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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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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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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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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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What does it mean - to get billed to the 95th percentile at $x.xx per meg?

I got a quote from a colo, saying "I could do 3U, the power and 20 megs burstable to 100 for $250 a month with each additional meg billed to the 95th percentile at 6.50 per meg..so you would ...
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Hosting web server via FTTH (Fibre To The Home) or datacenter

I'm a .Net programmer that currently using web hosting provider to host my web applications. In my place, currently there is offer of 20 Mbps FTTH (Fibre To The Home) internet line by an ISP. This ...
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Network equipment to provide firewalling, switching, and redundancy

What kind of networking equipment would you recommend for a set of hosted Web servers, given these circumstances: Current Situation There are two web servers in colocation, in a dedicated closet. ...
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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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How can I access “Server Preferences” on colo-ed Snow Leopard server?

We have a colocated Mac OS X 10.6 server, and I need to create a new user on the box. (The existing users were created by me when the box was on my desk.) I'm able to connect to the machine using SSH ...