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1 Colocation Buyer s Guide Learn the benefits of colocation and decide if a third party data center makes sense for your business.

2 Size does matter. Where do you fit? Colocation is not total outsourcing. What is it? 3 7 The bottom line. What are the benefits and ROI? 8 All data centers are not created equal. How to choose? 11 Checklist for comparing providers. 12 What you ll learn 2

3 Whether you re a small business or a large enterprise, all organizations face IT challenges when business and data - are booming. Where do you fit in the scheme of things? Size Does Matter 3

4 Your servers and equipment are in a small room or closet. You don t have enough space to add new equipment. You re running out of power and cooling to support growth. You have little or no security. You need room to grow and have no where to go. Small to Medium 4

5 Your applications are complex and require max availability. You have increasing amounts of data and usage is climbing. Your infrastructure is running out of space to expand. You are at the limit of your building's power and cooing capacity. You face disruptions in service quality should any downtime occur. You are considering downtime and CAPEX to move and/or upgrade your data center. Mid-Size to Large 5

6 You have an IT department managing all applications, hardware, software and planning. You own or rent a data center to support your infrastructure but don t see any ROI. You may be considering building your own data center or upgrading to support growth. You may be tired of managing data center operations when you really want to focus on expanding applications and innovation. You face disruptions in service quality should any downtime occur. You are investigating building or retrofitting a new facility or moving to colocation. Enterprise 6

7 Colocation is the lease of shared or private space within a data center to house an organization s IT infrastructure and communications. Companies benefit from built-in redundancies, physical security and high performance power and cooling while maintaining control over their own assets. It allows companies to expand quickly while saving capital and ensuring business continuity. Colocation Defined 7

8 Companies can expect several benefits from colocation. Data centers are designed to provide the highest levels of service while making it cost-effective through shared resources. Colocation providers often offer uptime guarantees in the form of a Service Level Agreement (SLA). Predictable Costs High Availability On-Demand Capacity & Scalability Better Access to Space & Power Expert Management Reduced Risk Ensured Compliance Benefits of Colocation 8

9 Your data center strategy might not involve building a new facility. Stashing your servers in a closet might be closer to what your data center looks like. Any of these scenarios are considered part of your capital expenditure and, most likely, the brunt of your IT budget. How is the cost of colocation any different? Does it really save you money and when can you expect to see ROI? Annualized Cost of Data Center Ownership by Component 10% 15% 45% The Bottom Line 30% Energy Costs Other Operating Expenses Site Infrastructure Capital Costs IT Capital Costs 9

10 Expected ROI from Colocation The cost model for colocation is much simpler than managing your own data center. Pricing models for colocation are a combination of real estate, telecom, power and labor. These are considered part of your operational expenditure. You can expect the following costs: Move-In Costs Monthly Lease Payment Optional Service Charges (Bandwidth or Remote Hands Services) Source: Colocation Trends Report by Hosting.com 10

11 1 Make a shortlist of 3 colocation providers 2 Schedule a tour at each of their facilities 3 Bring a checklist to compare providers 4 Meet the technicians and executives 5 Ask questions to determine differentiators 5 Ways to Get Started 11

12 Download our free checklist to compare multiple providers. Company profile Financial stability Power/HVAC infrastructure Security protocols Networking options Facility design Download Checklist Here 12

13 Please share Colocation Buyer s Guide About FIBERTOWN FIBERTOWN is a leading provider of high performance data center solutions, colocation and disaster recovery office space in Texas. With a proven 100% uptime SLA, FIBERTOWN houses the mission critical IT systems for Fortune 500 companies and smaller organizations across many industries. The SSAE 16 compliant data centers and award-winning DR office space offer Gulf Coast-based companies a carrier neutral, one-stop solution for best-in-class technology and amenities to support business continuity needs. Both the Houston and Bryan data centers feature pod design for maximum efficiency, fault tolerant 2N power and cooling, 24x7 security, and fully redundant multi-carrier Internet connectivity. 13

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