co-location and access to your server

david raistrick drais at
Wed Jan 12 14:49:09 CST 2011

On Wed, 12 Jan 2011, Jeroen van Aart wrote:

> What is considered normal with regards to access to your co-located 
> server(s)? Especially when you're just co-locating one or a few servers.

For less than 1 rack, or specialty racks with lockable sections (1/2 or 
1/3 or 1/4 racks with their own doors), I'd consider any physical access 
to simply be a plus.  I wouldn't expect any at all.   You're not paying 
for enough space to justify the costs involved in 24x7 independant access, 
and the risks to other customers gear.

When you get a full rack+, or cage+, I'd expect unfettered 24x7 access 
since your gear should be seperated and secured from other folks gear. 
Some specialty providers would be exceptions, of course (ie, I used to 
colo gear inside tv stations, satellite downlink stations, etc).

Telecom colo (switch and network gear in a dedicated but shared space for 
providers providing service) would be an exception, of course.

david raistrick
drais at   

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