11-02-08 | Blog Post
Located on the outskirts of Flint, Online Tech’s Exchange Drive data center is the perfect place to host your servers. This data center was originally built by EDS as GM’s Disaster Recovery Data Center for GMAC and other brands.
It has all of the specifications that ensure you are getting the support, security, and uptime to meet your colocation needs.
This is one of three data centers Online Tech owns and operates here in Michigan. All of them are SAS-70 Type II Audited and provide the security and reliability you need to protect your data.
Colocation is a cap-ex free (no capital expense required) alternative to maintaining your own data center. Rather than invest the capital in backup generators, UPS and HVAC units, and network and the operating expense in trained data center expertise, colocation lets you leverage a multi-tenant data center that has already made the investment in the infrastructure and personnel.
Colocation hosting may be ideal if you are looking to run your servers in a high availability data center without taking on the infrastructure and staff costs required to run a world class data center. You can leverage the SAS-70 and PCI audits and HIPAA compliance processes that the date center operator has undertaken and audited at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself.
You can choose to invest in the multiple outside power feeds, transformers, transfer switches, generators, uninterruptible power supplies, redundant HVAC systems, fire suppression, multiple ISP connections and a redundant Cisco network infrastructure required to deliver the highest level of uptime for your applications. Or you can leverage a colocation data center operator that has already made the investment and can amortize that investment across hundreds of customers.
Colocation allows you to buy your data center incrementally. Rather than invest upfront to build a data center that can meet your needs for the next 5 years, with colocation, you can buy your data center a rack at a time. Colocation also lets you leverage the on-site expertise and training of the colocation operator’s staff, rather than invest in development and retaining of data center expertise on your staff.
When selecting colocation, there are three factors that drive your choices and costs:
Armed with this information, Online Tech can provide you a quote to colocate your IT equipment to one of our data centers that best suits your needs. Our engineers can also help you explore which of the colocation managed services make sense for you.