How ColoAdvisor’s Database Speeds Cloud Computing and Colocation Search

I've been touting the benefits of our homegrown database of datacenters for a long time. Previously each time we engaged with a client it would start with a quick look at our database BUT since we didn’t have complete data we’d always need to fill the beginning of our colocation or cloud computing searches with many phones calls and emails. To scale, we enabled any agent at ColoAdvisor to add new tables or fields  to the database at will. No longer would it be enough to know the available … [Read more...]

Ashburn Data Centers – Plenty of Choices

The Dulles Technology Corridor is a massive hub of technology companies and the infrastructure that supports them. And within this hub is "the bullseye of America's Internet," Ashburn, Virginia. Also known as "Data Center Alley," Ashburn data centers total over at the moment, with more being added all the time. Among those most recently announced are Equinix's 1.16 million square foot "crown jewel," unveiled last year; Cyrus One's 420,000 square foot facility; and Dupont Fabros' 446,000 … [Read more...]

Relocating Your Data – 5 Things to Consider

As the cost of IT infrastructure rises, more and more businesses are considering relocating their data into a 3rd party facility. After all, the information is core to your business mission, but the maintenance of the equipment and their special requirements probably isn't. So as you begin looking into colocation, there will be various themes trumpeted at you: you'll save money, you'll improve reliability and security, and you’ll find it easier to scale up and down. Most of the information … [Read more...]

Data Center RFP Writing Services

Data Center RFP Writing Services A RFP, or "Request For Proposal" document is commonly the first step when researching data centers. However, time and again, we have seen vague or poorly written RFPs go out to vendors, resulting in only vague or useless responses -- if they respond at all. Then the proposal needs to either be rewritten, or the company will need to spend time and manpower following up with the vendors. Ideally, a RFP will be clear, concise, and outline the business's needs with … [Read more...]

What To Look For In a Disaster Recovery Provider

“93% of businesses that lost their datacenter for 10 days went bankrupt within one year.” -National Archives & Records Administration. Disaster Recovery Provider Checklist In a world of global connectivity, downtime is no longer an option. And if your data and applications are lost, your business could be crippled. In fact, a recent Gartner Group study reported that 40 percent of companies that lost their data in the event of a disaster went out of business within five years. As such, … [Read more...]

Ashburn Colocation Datacenters – So Developed, So Fast – How?

In September of 2012, Datacenter Knowledge published an article which spoke of Loudoun County having over 5 million square feet of datacenter space. Loudoun County Virginia is home to an area called Ashburn where over 50 datacenters exist and a place I’ve called home off and on since 1995. To understand how abundant colocation in Ashburn is you may have to visit, but in thinking about 5 million square feet: 5 million square feet is bigger than the Mall of America which is 4,870,000 sq … [Read more...]

Save 20 Hours Finding Datacenter Services

This week we give a brief overview of how our Datacenter Finder Services work with a huge boast about saving you about half a week of time. If you are interested in receiving the sample report we mention in the video please be sure to email us at proposals at coloadvisor.com to receive it. Direct Link here: Save 20 Hours Finding Datacenter Services … [Read more...]

Enhance Your Data Center Strategy

It’s an interesting time to be in business. In a single lifetime, we’ve gone from computers that take up an entire room to entire exabytes of data flying across the world on a daily basis. Even in the span of a few years, we’ve gone from PDAs to Google Glass. As a practical matter, this means that you have to be monitoring technological progress in order to prepare your strategies to take advantage of it. You can be certain that it won’t stay the same for long. Here are some things we … [Read more...]

Datacenter Build vs Buy

The Build vs Buy topic has been covered well by datacenter experts online. Most of those reviewed by ColoAdvisor are excellent but tended to cover larger datacenter builds, particularly those folks looking to retrofit an entire building or break ground and pour concrete. We haven't seen a specific analysis for those who use a dedicated space inside their office building for their datacenters or sometimes referred to as a server room. It's this smaller datacenter we'd like to discuss in regards … [Read more...]

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – Is It Inevitable?

"If you name it 'NeverNote.exe' IT won't catch it!" I'd hear from colleagues of mine when I worked for larger, public corporations. I thought at the time that the methods taken by IT were far too draconian for us to effectively get work done but as I began to formulate IT strategies I realized just how vulnerable most companies are and that not every computer user is technical enough to prevent viruses or trojans.  It takes one virus behind a corporate firewall or an infected laptop to spam … [Read more...]