For companies thinking about going down the route in one place there are many hidden costs to consider, which means that it is not as cheap as you think. In contrast, managed hosting brings many advantages and eliminates most of the headaches typically associated with hosting. Hidden costs include co-location of the initial capital costs, hardware depreciation, general services and network infrastructure that will ultimately lead to additional risks. Capital expenses During the co-location option, the company will need to purchase all the necessary equipment, the panel, which may affect the company’s budgeted capital expenditures.
ESDS Data Center eases the financial burden, which allows the company to spread the cost more evenly in affordable monthly installments. Depreciation exponential rate of technological change on the server component of the market means that once purchased the system, they quickly depreciate. Through taking responsibility for their own equipment, which will drop in price, ESDS removes this burden on customers as well. Overall service in one place environment, the company must take measures to ensure their disaster recovery solution in case of equipment failure.
For a truly sustainable solutions, the company needs at least heat replacement for each component in the configuration of the hand, as well as Level III technicians are ready to diagnose and fix the problem. Specializing exclusively in managed server hosting, ESDS has all the necessary equipment, spare parts and a few of each component level III technicians on hand 24/7/365 to ensure that our customers receive the best service.
It takes the headache and damage from our customers. Network Companies who choose collocation have to rebuild the network infrastructure, which can also be very expensive. ESDS has multiple networks through several network providers to ensure that we are not totally dependent on a single supplier, if they experience network problems. This means that our customers, the data will always reach their destination in the shortest possible time and with minimal packet loss.
In addition, ESDS has Tata / Bharti / BSNL Powered Network, with unique attributes of self-healing that allows us to fulfill our 100% guarantee and the availability of infrastructure. Risk in start-up costs associated with co-location, and binding in equipment, re-create the network, hardware depreciation and failures, as well as hiring staff to man all commits resources in one area of business.
Features of Co-location Hosting
Many businesses have bulk-purchasing agreements with hardware companies and this is something that they can carry through with the purchase of server and networking hardware; co-location provides businesses that already have their own hardware or wish to use their own hardware with the data center space that they require so that they can host their hardware in a safe and secure environment from which their servers can be accessed from the internet. ESDS operates one of India’s leading data centers from Nashik, Maharasthra; with 24×7 support available from our on-site NOC team and a range of 99.95% uptime guarantees signed with a number of suppliers, ESDS can provide one of the most stable co-location platforms available.
The ESDS data center provides over 10,000 sq. feet of data floor space so that we can accommodate for the needs of even the largest corporations. Our co-location packages range from rack space for a single server or two servers all the way up to half a rack or even an entire rack, with the necessary network and power supplies being provided to supplement the needs of your hardware. A number of large corporations require multiple servers to power their network backbone and for some cloud hosting just isn’t the answer, therefore meaning that co-location is the only cost effective answer for those that can supply their own hardware.
Even though some businesses may choose to host their own hardware on-site, hosting your hardware in ESDS’ premier data center can offer you the following features that won’t be available in an office:
Features of ESDS Dedicated Servers
A dedicated server provides a much different experience to co-location hosting; you will be purchasing a physical server from ESDS and although you will never practically own the server, your dedicated server is still yours to access remotely and use as you wish. ESDS offers a range of managed dedicated servers that can be configured using a variety of different options during the order process so that you can develop a dedicated server, which matches your specific set of needs.
For a business of any size a dedicated server is going to represent a significant investment; for the most part a dedicated server is chosen because it can offer the stability that a business require if it is going to make the most of its web presence, as selling goods and services through the internet is one way in which a company can supplement its income streams. ESDS can provide Windows servers and Linux servers with the intention of giving businesses a choice of the platform that they develop their web applications around – some may be more open to the benefits of the open source community, whilst others may prefer the support available with Microsoft applications.
A dedicated server configuration from ESDS will include the following features as standard:
So, how does ESDS co-location hosting compare to a dedicated server?
Large enterprises will find co-location to be a cheaper and more cost effective option over dedicated server hosting where vast server arrays are required because purchasing hardware in bulk often means that a discount can be obtained from the supplier, whilst the hardware will still have a residual value once it’s at the end of its useful life. ESDS can offer large enterprises the support that they require in order to get their servers setup in our Tier 3 data center; our network is designed to cope with high demand without the performance being impacted in any way, making one of our co-location packages a sensible choice for any business.
Small businesses will be able to see more use in dedicated servers because the resources provided will be more in-line with their requirements; ESDS allows you to configure the resources of your managed dedicated server to meet your needs during the checkout process to ensure that you aren’t left with a web hosting plan that isn’t going to perform to your expectations. Full support will be provided along the way to make sure that the setup goes smoothly and that your web applications function properly.
VOIP means Voice Over Internet Protocol and Colocation means co-locating the devices into fully secured and managed infrastructure. Every time this question arises that why to colocate VOIP equipment? The answer is- When you calculate the cost for personnel, Internet bandwidth, power, real estate, phone service, and air-conditioning; you will receive tremendous economies of scale as overhead cost is shared by the many customers in a Colocation facility – literally a fraction or the cost you would otherwise pay! With such large amounts of power usage comes a tremendous amount of heat, thus requiring special and very expensive air-conditioning units that you won’t find in a typical office building.
The colocation hosting services which are specifically designed for VOIP and businesses using it can be considered as the one of the redundant services. VOIP colocation services are provided to facilitate the more secured infrastructure resulting in cost saving. Taking many a things into consideration, in addition to having much better quality service, server colocation is much, much, less expensive and easier than trying to locate your servers within your office space.
VOIP involves a typical and different strategies of routing the calls. There can be different challenges associated with it considering the fact that it is one of the complex technologies which involves many peripherals. With pressure to create efficiencies in communications spending and cut overall costs, VOIP customers customized VOIP and IP Telephony solutions. One can reduce overhead costs using VoIP Colocation and Hosting services. Avoid the hassles of a phone room filled with expensive equipment that requires additional office space and personnel to manage. Save dramatically on power usage for cooling systems and the need for high bandwidth by taking advantage of the benefits of VoIP Colocation and Hosting services.
Colocation service providers generally provide the server colocation facility rather than VOIP colocation. But there are few service providers who provides such facility in order to make this convenient for the users. ”There are hundreds of companies offering server hosting and colocation, but generally very few offers services specifically for VoIP with direct access to their own carrier-class network. Since these servers are located in data center, they are looped directly into world class voice network providing superior latency and call quality.
Colocation means nothing but moving one’s IT infrastructure to the Data Center or the fully managed & secured infrastructure. There are many a reasons as to why one must move their servers to the data centers? It gives you the liberty to place your servers in a secure environment which is being monitored 24×7 by the highly qualified personal and also is away from any natural threats that may occur any moment at any time. This is the safest, most secure colocation service available for the security of your data.
There are some specific set standard features of colocation services available, which are as follows:
1) A server is into a most reliable and secure infrastructure.
2) Its been monitored 24x7x365 days by the thorough professionals .
3) The server or the equipments are protected against power failure.
4) It is protected against the natural threats caused due to natural calamities like flooding, fire etc.
5) The data center infrastructure includes power feed and network uplink as standard, both power and network can be upgraded to meet one’s requirements.
6) Different State-of-the-Art Colocation Facilities to Choose From.
7) High Performance Switched 1.5 Mbps, 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps,1000 Mbps, and 10,000 Mbps Internet Port Plans.
8 ) The colocation facility provides a platform of Reliable High Speed Internet Bandwidth
9) Simple Migration Path to 100 Mbps, 1000 Mbps, and 10,000 Mbps Internet Service as per the requirements
10) As far as the power is concerned it generally has full Colocation Facility 24 / 365 UPS and Prime Source Generator Backed Power to Protect In Any Power Emergency.
11) Cooling is one of the major concerned of data centers which is being sought out by Climate Controlled Environment With Redundant A/C Systems in Every Colocation Suite .
12) From physical security point of view Individually Locked Secure Cabinets as a Standard – Cages and Racks are available with the data centers.
The above feature are the basic features which has been generally provided by the data centers along with their colocation services. It is always advisable to put your servers in a safe hands.
Do you want to know more about ESDS Managed Colocation Services ?
Read the following Frequently Asked Question’s :
1) Where will my servers be physically colocated?
Ans. ESDS Tier III Data center Facility based in Nashik, Maharashtra
2) What size tower server / RackMount may be colocated at your facility?
Ans. Up to 5U. We can also offer 1U, 2U, 4U, Quarter Rack, Half Rack and Full Rack.
3) Do you allow user owned firewalls?
Ans. Yes, we do allow user owned firewalls
4) Do you allow IRC servers?
Ans. No, we do not allow IRC servers.
5) Do you allow crossconnects?
Ans. Yes, we do allow crossconnects.
6) Explain Meetme Room
Ans. We have Main Distribution room where we can do cross connect using Cat5e, Cat6 and fiber cables.
7) What is your average latency and throughput?
Ans. Avg. latency to UK is 145ms and 250ms to the US
8 ) What type of rack rails do I need to install my server into one of your racks?
Ans. We have racks of 600 * 600 , 600 * 800 , 600 * 1000 mm size, rails of one of these can work.
9) Who are your Transit / Upstream / Bandwidth Providers ?
Ans. TATA Communications, Reliance Communications and Bharti Airtel.
10) Do you provide an uptime guarantee and SLA ( Service Level Agreement ) ?
Ans. Yes, 99.95% uptime SLA
11) How many IP addresses with every colocation server do I get?
Ans. We can provide 2 Dedicated IPs – Standard with colocation services.
12) What type of backup power systems do you have to guard against a power failure?
Ans. N + N UPS systems and then N + N Diesel Generator sets take care of ensuring 100% uptime for clean power distribution to the servers.
13) Will I have 24 hour access to your Nashik Data Center?
Ans. Yes, you will have 24 hour internet access to our Data Center, but personal access to our Datacenter floor is restricted to our staff only.
14) How can I monitor my bandwidth?
Ans. Through our portal – eMagic. Once you sign up, you will receive login details of eMagic portal from where you can monitor your bandwidth usage.
15) How does remote power cycling work ?
Ans. eMagic as well as KVMoIP can be used in order to power cycle your Dedicated Server(s).
16) How quickly can I install my server?
Ans. You can access server using eMagic Portal and install server, if IPMI is supported by your server, otherwise we will give you KVM/IP access.
17) Will I get DNS support?
Ans. Yes, you will get complete DNS support from our technical staff.
18) What kind of support do you offer ?
Ans. We offer 24×7 Toll-Free Phone, Live Chat and Email Support.
19) Can I colocate a desktop (mid-tower or full tower) box?
Ans. Unfortunately, this is not possible.
20) What managed services do you provide with purchase of a colocation package?
Ans. Our Colocation Servers include complete management which begins from basic server installations in the rack to monitoring of services of the server. You will also be able to manage your server with our eMagic Portal. If required, we will also assist you with security tweaks on the server. Of course that will require your permission and without your authentication, we will not be able to carry out any operations.
21) What managed services do you provide for additional fees?
Ans. Although, most services are covered under our managed services. However, if you need custom application installation, then an additional fees can be charged for this.
22) May I visit your colocation facilities?
Ans. Yes, you may visit our colocation facilities at any point of time, but you will be given access to your servers only if you have a Full Rack colocation hosting service, access is not allowed to customers with single server colocation.
23) Will you grant me access to your facilities to administer my own servers?
Ans. Yes, we will grant you access in our facility to administer your own servers hosted in your dedicated rack. However, this will have a time limit depending upon the issue.
24) How can I get a server to you?
Ans. By the best means of Transport which will be collected at our facility and racked as per your guidelines.
25) How high is 1U?
Ans. 1.75 inches only.
26) Do you allow hosting of Email Marketing (aka SPAM) type services?
Ans. No. However we do allow Newsletter or legitimate emailing from our network.
27) What is the difference between Colocated and Leased or Dedicated Servers?
Ans. Here is the difference between Colocation or dedicated servers :
A Dedicated Server is a server provided by a web host for you to rent. You have remote access to the server and you can customize the server to your own needs. The server is owned by the web host and you don’t have physical access to the server.
Co-location means you store your own server at a facility of a co-location provider. A co-location provider provides an Internet connection to your server and allows you physical access to your own server when you need it.
28) Are your facilities carrier neutral?
Ans. Our facility is currently not carrier neutral. However, this will be done soon.
29) What type of cabling would you use for the Colocation Services ?
Ans. Cat6 Cabling as Tia942 standards ( Tier III )
30) What is the Maximum Amps usage of your Rack ?
Ans. 4KW for normal racks, we have different racks of max 6KW also.
31) Any Additional required for Colocating my Hardware ?
Ans. Other than Hardware equipments which suits our racks, no additions are required. ESDS – NOC team will take care of every aspect.
32) What about environmental control and monitoring (temperature/humidity)?
Ans. We maintain 22°C ± 2°C Temperature and 50-55% humidity.
33) What about the network connectivity of my colocation server ?
Ans. Network Connectivity depends upon your requirement. We can either provide you with unmetered 1Mbps, 2Mbps, 10Mbps, 100Mbps, 1Gbps pipe or allocated bandwidth of 500GB – 3000GB per month depending on the plan you choose.
34) What is the cost for a single rack in your facility with 220v 16a of power?
Ans. We charge Rs. 60,000.00 INR per month for a 42U Rack with 16 Amps power.
35) Can your facility support 6 kw of power per rack (i.e. 208v 25a)? If so, how much would that cost?
Ans. We have some racks with 25 Amps power(6kw), these racks will cost Rs. 149,999.00 INR per month.
36) How many racks are available at your facility?
Ans. We have 25 Racks free right now. We can add 400 Racks more in our Datacenter as of now.
37) How many kilowatts of power are available?
Ans. We have 500KVA power right now and our Control panel’s as well as Infrastructure has been designed to handle 2MVA power.
38) What is the cost for 100 mbps of local / domestic internet bandwidth?
Ans. 100Mbps domestic bandwidth will cost Rs. 1,59,999.00 INR per month. Bandwidth prices will reduce in the next 6 – 8 months and we will pass on the benefit to you as and when the bandwidth prices go on reducing.
39) What is the cost for 100 mbps of international / global internet bandwidth?
Ans. 100Mbps International bandwidth will cost Rs. 4,99,999.00INR per month. Bandwidth prices will reduce in next 6 – 8 months and we will pass on the benefit to you as and when the bandwidth prices reduce.
40) What is your level of redundancy in power and cooling systems (i.e. N, N+1, 2N)?
Ans We have N + N Redundancy for power, cooling, Network equipments and cabling.
41) Can you provide metered power (i.e. charge per kilowatt hour rather than by circuit) to large clients?
Ans Yes. This is possible. We pay Rs. 60.00 INR per 5KW of power per hour and based upon the same, we make calculations for Rack / Cabinet / Cage charges and quote accordingly. Additional charges will be applicable depending on the investment in the UPS systems, Generators, Cooling and facility rental charges.
42) Does your facility have 24×7 on-site security?
Ans Yes. We have minimum 7 armed guards all the time in our office campus. Entry to our Data center as well as the office building is restricted through many double door access control systems and all entries are monitored using IP cameras.
43) If you have remote hands, what are their working hours and guaranteed response time?
Ans We have more than 50 staff members working in every shift. Remote hands are free for all our customers as we offer fully managed hosting service to all our customers. You can request our staff to troubleshoot any level of technical problem on Linux, Windows OS, ASX or any other Virtualization software like VMWare, Virtuozzo, Citrix, OpenVZ or XEN.
44) What certifications do you have today or are working on for the future (examples: SAS 70, ISO 27001)?
Ans We have ISO 9001/27001 and ISO27001 certification for our Datacenter. We have applied for few more certifications which include Green Building certification.