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#39429 13-Aug-2009 17:31
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Hi all,
I am looking for a reputable but reasonably priced rack leasing company. I have about two full racks worth of equipment I would like to manage myslef, but need the infrastructure to support it (rack/power/internet)

Preferably they will have a second site for DR.

Would sincerely appreciate any suggestions.

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  #246183 13-Aug-2009 17:58
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There are a lot of telehousing places, Maxnet have a datacentre which has space for around 20 racks in Albany, and The Data Centre in queen street have reasonable prices but arn't the bestest of SLA's.




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  #246296 13-Aug-2009 21:36
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I investigated Citylink and also Modica (via OneSquared). Citylink had a minimum of one rack so was too much for me where as Modica offers from 1U upwards. Modica have locations in both Wellington and Auckland.




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  #246298 13-Aug-2009 21:38
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  #246314 13-Aug-2009 22:08
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  #246342 13-Aug-2009 23:16
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ICONZ is quite good, especially if your running something quite bandwidth intensive (they have free national traffic). When I asked how much they were comfortable with the response i got was that a couple of tb was fine and that unless carrier grade bandwidth was required then they were more than okay with it.

Either that or Sitehost (http://www.sitehost.co.nz/hosting/colocation) starting at $450 for 4ru. And they are in the ICONZ data centre as well as another DC over on the shore and another in germany, no i dont get that one either :)

Dont work for either of the companies, just been looking around at servers/hosting a bit lately and those two stood out.



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  #246496 14-Aug-2009 11:26
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thank you all, that is really helpful. I will go through the links, and if I find one that stands out for me, I will report back.

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  #246501 14-Aug-2009 11:37
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Datacentre.co.nz are nice and central, and if you are on Queen St (or nearby) you will have very quick physical access to your gear.

ICONZ are top of Airedale St, and are expensive. I know they are trying to move away from colo and move more into VPS.

Maxnet are a good crowd (over the Shore) and I've seen inside Orcon's data centre (also on the Shore) courtesy of Hosting Direct.



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  #246508 14-Aug-2009 11:45
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Yeah, Data Centre look to be exactly what I am looking for.
Anyone have any experience with their SLA's etc?

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  #247089 15-Aug-2009 23:53
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exportgoldman:
There are a lot of telehousing places, Maxnet have a datacentre which has space for around 20 racks in Albany,


Wee bit more than that my friend!, I'll take you around for a tour if you're keen? I guess that makes any comments I make biased ;)

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  #247169 16-Aug-2009 12:21
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insane: Wee bit more than that my friend!, I'll take you around for a tour if you're keen? I guess that makes any comments I make biased ;)


Can I ask what you do for Maxnet?

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  #247172 16-Aug-2009 12:45
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+1 for Iconz, I have a 1u Server hosted with them and couldnt ask for better service and speeds.

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#247174 16-Aug-2009 12:49
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nate: ICONZ are top of Airedale St, and are expensive. I know they are trying to move away from colo and move more into VPS.


Expensive but good service and connectivity. That's where we have Geekzone hosted.




 

 

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  #247190 16-Aug-2009 14:17
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Does datacentre.co.nz offer SQL backup services and offsite storage? What about server maintenance (patch management etc.)




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  #247491 17-Aug-2009 09:38
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Hi Zimbonz,

Some quick tips on differentiating one DC from another. You haven't mentioned what your 2 racks are doing for you. If they are reasonably important I'd focus on quality as well as the price they offer ;)

When you are assessing the quality metric fo data centres there are two main things to look for. Quality of service i.e. when you ask for help how painful or pain free is it. Secondly quality of service delivery i.e. will they actually work when the power goes out or when telecom looses their network.

The first can be answered here by users from their service experiences but the second is best answered via a detailed audit (because the sort of failures in service delivery are rare but potentially very damaging when they do happen) . I've worked quite closely with 6 datacentres some very proffessional hosting major government systems and they all without fail have had some failures that weren't supposed to be possible the way the data centre was designed.

Has anyone audited any of the data centre providers?

In my experience anyone can read the manual on what a Tier 1 or Tier 2 data centre needs i.e. redundant power supplies, two factor authentication for phisical security etc and then pay the money to put these things in place.

The best data centres have rigorus internal controls that make sure all of these things actually work. I have countless stories of power failing and perfectly good generators not actually starting because they weren't set up correctly, or highly available switches plugged into the same power feed and so on.

The problem is that these things are difficult to test because a datacentre is always on. However they should be running periodic maintenances to test all their backup and failover proceedures to ensure they still work.

If they don't have an external audit the next best thing is to ask for their internal proceedure manual. This should cover security, power, connectivity, fire prevention. It will give you a sence of how they run their ship. If they can't evidence their internal controls then most probably they don't have their "house in order" and there are gemlins out there waiting to be discovered.

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