STH Colocation Number 2 Build Log

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  1. T_Minus

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    I don't have anything there yet, but it's not a high-end data center, or high-end bandwidth. That's why.

    Their prices reflect this, they know it... it's not a bad thing, but I wont put a client doing a half-mill in sales per-month at a data-center like Joes. That's just my 02.
     
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  2. T_Minus

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    Joe's Datacenter - Joe's Datacenter
    Joe’s Datacenter is located at 1325 Tracy Ave in Kansas City Missouri 64106

    Maybe they respond very fast to phone calls, but that's a MAJOR PITA so online ticketing/e-mailing is top priority for me for support so I can continue doing more things and Joe's so far as NOT a client has taken 1-2 weeks to reply to my SALES E-MAILS which is concerning. Their reply, and answers were great it just took forever, and for SALES that's scary, let alone support. (Which I haven't used or needed).

    I hope their customer ticket/support online is better than sales e-mails.
     
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  3. Hank C

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    I happened to live in KC and trying to see if there is a cheap colo just for my lab. Just like Patrick is doing with his second colo...
     
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  4. T_Minus

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    Joe's would fit that IMHO.
     
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  5. Patrick

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    Added notes from 4/26.
     
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  6. TType85

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    I love this article series you are doing.

    At my work we are nearing the end of our data center contract. It seems to be a lot more expensive here (Irvine, CA) for a good facility. We deal with bank/real estate/financial data for some large banks so by contract we need to be in a place that has all the proper security and certifications in place. Our current facility costs us around $2200/mo for a half rack in Irvine, CA and a 1/3 rack in Denver (DR site) with a cross connect between. We also have a dedicated 100MB connection that is around $1200/mo.

    I have been investigating moving to Azure or AWS as our actual infrastructure requirements come out to just about $2000/mo. We are leaning towards Azure as we are a Microsoft-centric shop (except our current vm's are in ESXi). I believe we can structure our environment and have a good, testable disaster recovery setup that our clients require. For me it will take the hardware issues out of my hands. Our budget is tiny so our production hardware is what I can piece together from the second hand market and when it fails, I have to fix it.

    I am looking forward to the rest of these articles.
     
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  7. rnavarro

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    I've got my gear hosted at Datacate in Sacramento.

    Pretty decent price for what I get, been there for 1.5 years and no issues!
     
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  8. Patrick

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    Updated the first post with a new pic. It has the Supermicro Xeon D-1540 system and Intel NUC on the shelf.
     
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  9. Hank C

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    what is the insurance for the colo?
     
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  10. wildchild

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    we just did our 4rth instance...
    azure is getting there, however there are some network quirks you have to think about/take care of.
    when you are running bgp and have express route thing will get easier.

    also have some good intel that their networking gateway setup is to undergo a major overhaul
     
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  11. MiniKnight

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    Are you running production environments there yet?
     
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  12. wildchild

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    miniknight if you are referring to my post; yes , the usa as a country has been live for about 9 months now... europe 6 and brazil will go live in about 3 weeks... so that would make a total of 6 unstances
     
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    I don't want to Hi-jack this thread so I might start another one, but what network quirks have you seen? I have been able to successfully set up a Point to Point VPN setup between Azure and my current data center without much issue.
     
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  14. wildchild

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    layered networking which leads for some applications to unexpected result.
    "dynamic" vpn tunnels... rather strange bgp implementation
    untill recent the unability for static ips on vms

    to name a few ;)
     
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  15. Patrick

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    Made a little pivot. Going to use docker and be very trendy, but the performance really is better. Did some testing of the RAID 1 arrays in the main box the drives were:
    Fusion-io 353GB cards
    Intel DC S3700 400GB
    Intel DC S3500 800GB
    Toshiba Toshiba THNSNJ480PCS3 480GB

    Quick results:
    Code:
    r@intel-e5-2699v3:/media# dd if=/dev/zero of=/media/fusionio/testfile bs=4096 count=100000 oflag=dsync
    409600000 bytes (410 MB) copied, 25.0752 s, 16.3 MB/s
    r@intel-e5-2699v3:/media# dd if=/dev/zero of=/media/s3700/testfile bs=4096 count=100000 oflag=dsync
    409600000 bytes (410 MB) copied, 41.6934 s, 9.8 MB/s
    r@intel-e5-2699v3:/media# dd if=/dev/zero of=/media/s3500/testfile bs=4096 count=100000 oflag=dsync
    409600000 bytes (410 MB) copied, 41.3145 s, 9.9 MB/s
    r@intel-e5-2699v3:/media# dd if=/dev/zero of=/media/toshiba480gb/testfile bs=4096 count=100000 oflag=dsync
    409600000 bytes (410 MB) copied, 48.5509 s, 8.4 MB/s
     
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  16. T_Minus

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    Good to see :)
     
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  17. ItsChrisG

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    $800 for 40A will be in a pretty crappy datacenter more than likely, along with crappy support, crappy connectivity options, etc.
    You might get away with a 1-time deal or very limited quantity of cabs at that price in a place a bit better, but finding $800/40A day in/dayout in a quality DC isnt likely at all.
     
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  18. Shadow.X

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    When running i/o tests did you test openvz or kvm with virtio on proxmox? When using kvm make sure to use virtio for hard disk and ethernet.

    Virtio is paravirtualized and is much faster.

     
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  19. T_Minus

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    Shadow - Great info to know, curious tos ee the differences now.
     
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  20. TechIsCool

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    So I am curious about the lighting that you talked about. What do the lights look like Standard single floro light mounted above racks?
     
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