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Colo site selection

  • From: Rich Braun
  • Date: Wed May 24 14:59:16 2000

One of the more-vexing aspects of network planning and deployment is
picking out space for facilities.  The good ones are taken (i.e. no
available rack space); many are not carrier neutral (I have to go
through provisioning purgatory to add or repair a circuit); and now
a new phenomenon seems to be spreading--big empty data centers getting built
out at a frenetic pace, at least here in Boston, but with no one
important to whom I can connect.

Beancounters also make life interesting--by the time they approve the
deal at $X per square foot, the vendor turns around and insists on
$(X+Y) per square foot.  Then the beancounter asks, with a perfectly
straight face, why the price is 3x higher in Boston (or wherever) than
the deal he just approved in Atlanta...ugh.

I'm seeking to either commiserate with others who have to deal with this
site-selection hell, or to find out some useful sources of research and
contact info about useful sites whose prices aren't outrageous.

My affiliation is Primus Telecomm, and this question applies to both USA
and non-USA locations.


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