Which Atlanta Colocation Provider is Right for You?

by Allia Vidmer on February 17, 2010

If your company is located in the Atlanta, GA area, you are most likely doing some brisk business these days. If you’re in the market for web hosting, and have proprietary data that you’d prefer kept on computers owned by your business, perhaps considering Atlanta colocation could provide solutions you need.

A quick search for web hosting providers and data centers will reap you well over 100,000 search results on any of the popular engines. While this may seem overwhelming, you’ll be able to quickly dive deeper into those results in order to determine the best company for your business needs.

One thing to be sure and look for is whether you’re dealing with a company that white labels its services from some other provider. The easiest way to determine this is find out whether or not they own their own data center. Very few companies actually have gone through the time and expense to build state of the art facilities. If the company you’re considering doesn’t own its facility, you’ll likely want to continue your search.

After you have a list of the Atlanta colocation providers that are in the true business of taking physical possession of your computer servers, there are a few more aspects you need to be aware of.

First, what sort of power supply back up do they employ? If none to speak of, immediately cross them off your list. The last thing you can afford is to have zero energy supplies to power your server should the main supply go down.

Most likely the center will have at minimum some sort of battery back up system. Better hosting data centers will have massive banks of DC batteries constantly on the charge and ready to supply energy in a split second should main AC power flow discontinue.

The best centers, in addition to the battery backup will also have one or more generators that quick start in a matter of seconds to ensure the ongoing successful delivery of power needed by the servers located in the center.

When you find this level of dedication to something as pivotal as power supplies, you can bet they care enough about you and your hosting business.

One of the most important aspects of which Atlanta colocation provider you choose deals with the actual bandwidth the facility has entering and leaving its walls. You need as much as you can get, so more is definitely better in this case.

Does the provider have redundant back ups? A minimum of several gigabit Ethernet connections available for your colocated server boxes? If you aren’t able to receive these types of data pipes, you may want to move on to the next provider on your list.

Finally, when it comes to customer services, knowing the company that has your physical hardware and counting on them to be there is of paramount importance to your businesses ongoing success. When you need to talk to someone they need to be answering your phone call.

It’s not out of the ordinary for you to require someone’s hands to touch your server. Since you aren’t in the same location, the provider must have trained staff that will help provide you with eyes, ears, and fingers on the location of your computers.

You’re in business to succeed. Seek out an Atlanta colocation provider that has these aspects and will provide you with the best service possible. Only then can you focus your attention on running your business and not worrying about whether your web site server is operating correctly.

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