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Colo [Oct. 9th, 2005|12:32 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I need to host a couple pieces of personal server equipment pretty soon here, in the next 2-8 weeks.

Any recommendations on colo? David suggested ColoServe, but I know nothing about it. West coast strongly preferred: Seattle, Portland, or San Francisco-ish.

Anybody with available space/bandwidth/power/cooling in their rack that I can move into with? scsi? Not free, of course... I'll pay you.


[User Picture]From: xotiffany
2005-10-09 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'm sure Frank would be okay with that. His place is just up the street from here. You should send him an e-mail or text though since he won't see this until Thursday, if at all.
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[User Picture]From: matte
2005-10-09 07:53 pm (UTC)
I have hosted a couple of my own servers at Cari.net in San Diego for about 5 years without any problems. If that might be something you were interested in I can round you up some more info.
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From: nathanmocks
2005-10-09 08:14 pm (UTC)
San Diego is like on the other side of California based on where he lives I'm pretty sure
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[User Picture]From: fxl
2005-10-09 08:56 pm (UTC)
I second ColoServe. I have a box there and have been very pleasantly surprisded at the reliability. I have been warned a few times of possible outages during router upgrades, yet never saw an interuption in service (meaning my screen/pine session never disconnected/froze).

When I moved in, I thought the room was about 10 degrees too warm, but shortly hafter a new HVAC system was installed.

I really can't say enough about how happy I have been. FWIW: Tom Washington is my representative (415-869-7009).

I moved from Hurricane Electric in Fremont, a colo that knows nothing of redundancy, customer service, or system status updates.
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2005-10-09 11:46 pm (UTC)
Hurricane Electric

The name wasn't a hint?
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[User Picture]From: d4b
2005-10-10 04:32 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: bsdguru
2005-10-09 08:59 pm (UTC)


Contact the guys at TextDrive. They host within Level3's datacentre in San Diego.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-09 09:20 pm (UTC)

Re: ghetto colo

Assuming at least for the moment that I'd want to keep work and personal separate, what would you recommend?
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[User Picture]From: loganb
2005-10-09 09:32 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend Peer1 here in Seattle. When I went hunting for local colo they (unlike other colo providers in the building) were both willing to give a reasonable amount of attention to such a small account and didn't dick me around on price. They were also more than happy to mount my Wifi antenna in their window in run cable and power to my rack space.

I can dig up a sales contact if you're interested. Or, if you plan on hosting for awhile I can see what the pricing would be like to tack a few more U onto my existing contract. Let me know.
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2005-10-09 11:05 pm (UTC)
I'm also looking to rack a machine. I was looking at Hosting and Colo down in LA, based on the recommendation of a friend, but I'd really rather have something here in the Bay in case I need to go fix the machine.

We (i.e. work) have gear at 200 Paul, and I'm not overly impressed. I have occasionally toyed with getting a half cabinet at Globix in Santa Clara (since that's where our work stuff is), but I happen to know what I slam their network with, so... :) Plus they've been less my friend lately. And Friendster is there.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-10 12:37 am (UTC)
Perhaps we can go in on something together.
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2005-10-10 09:48 am (UTC)
That could work. I need one, -maaaaybe- two 1U boxes racked. A megabit would be way more than I have historically averaged.

Currently I have a leased machine in Houston at EV1Servers. $120/mth for 1000GByte of transfer, which I never come close to touching. But, again, I'd like to have something much closer to home.

Let me know what you find.
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[User Picture]From: dormando
2005-10-10 01:32 am (UTC)
How is the globix in Santa Clara? The one in NYC was so bad I doubt I could willingly give them money again...
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2005-10-10 02:09 am (UTC)
We have two cabs in NYC1. Ugh. It's not my favorite place. And being across the street from the jail doesn't help either :)

SJC1 is okay. We're definitely not helping with their power and cooling consumption though. I've seen better, I've seen worse.
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[User Picture]From: dormando
2005-10-10 01:26 am (UTC)
I have to move my stuff to this area at some point (rydia.net is still in NYC until I can figure out how to get out of my contract). I've only started looking around, but I can tell you to avoid abovenet (started breaking contracts and doing nasty things), as well as most datacenters which house google or some other huge website.

If Frank can do something that'd probably be best? Or maybe get a couple people together to split a rack or half rack and get the bandwidth commit price down.
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[User Picture]From: dorkmatt
2005-10-10 06:45 am (UTC)
It's pretty standard dot com practice to allow a limited number of personal machines within the company colo (this usually applies to Ops and/or bad ass mofos like you or Ben); but I agree it's always a good idea to seperate work from pleasure. I've personally never paid for colo (this is a perk hanging around the NANOG/etc crowd) and have always kept it seperate.

I'd avoid both ColoServe and HE with a long stick. They both full of "blue lips" NOC monkeys, spam netblocks, drama. Within the city, UnitedLayer is good (I'm friends with their COO and stuff). A sub tenet is their is DIYcolo (a non-ghetto Community Colo attempt). The concept is to share serial consoles, routers, switches, etc; split the billing and add a small markup to the "dictator" who manages all these resources.

Having an estimate of U, amperage and 95th is key for shopping this around.
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[User Picture]From: crisavec
2005-10-11 03:13 am (UTC)
I can't attest to any of them, but Paul Vixie maintains the Personal Colo list for stuff like this.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-11 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And now I know about this place:
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2005-10-15 03:27 am (UTC)
Cool. I'm probably going to drop my box down there shortly.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-15 04:43 am (UTC)
I think I'm gonna get a full rack at United Layer if you're still interested in chipping in.
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