What is a Carrier Neutral Data Center?
At Colocation America we are all about giving you a flexible hosting plan to customize the best network for your business. One of the ways we help you get what you need is by operating out of carrier-neutral data centers. A carrier-neutral data center, also called a carrier hotel, is a data center facility that is entirely independent of network providers. Because the data center we operate does not have any affiliation to one network partner, a wide range of service providers are able to connect to the carrier hotel giving Colocation America a more diverse network infrastructure. This results in more options for the end-user the ability to choose which carrier and network they would like to be connected to.
What Are the Benefits of a Carrier Hotel?There are numerous benefits in choosing a carrier hotel beyond the obvious benefit of network neutrality. For one, since it's not owned by a single network provider, it becomes a connectivity hub in which several Tier-1 network providers have their physical PoPs (points of presence) and routers installed in the data center. This allows any hosting client to have a direct connection to the network provider of their choice, letting you choose who you want to directly connect with to better suit your business operation.
Some other benefits include:Redundancy Redundancy in terms of a data center usually revolves around redundant power—keeping servers up and running even during outages. But there’s another type of redundancy in data centers: carrier neutral redundancy. As mentioned a carrier hotel does not have one specific carrier ISP. Ideally, the best IT practice is to have at least two carriers connected to your most important systems. This is so that in the event of an outage or failure of one carrier, the other carrier is there to pick up the slack with absolutely no downtime. Therefore a carrier neutral data center is crucial when you have systems that need to be up and running 24/7. Rest assured, Colocation America’s data centers are carrier neutral so that you can set up your carrier redundancy to reap the benefits. Connectivity Cost It’s simple business. If you choose a carrier specific data center, then you’re locked into that carrier’s prices for bandwidth while in your in the facility. Moving data centers to get a better price on bandwidth can be pricey, so it’s better to choose a carrier neutral facility from the get-go to ensure that the carriers are competing to outbid one another. Flexibility The flexibility of a carrier neutral data center ties into the connectivity cost listed above. If you become unhappy with a certain carrier’s service, you don’t have to completely move data centers—you can just disconnect one and sign up with the other. All in the same place—it’s that easy!
Why Should I Host in a Carrier-Neutral Data Center?When it in comes to receiving cost effective hosting, carrier neutral data centers offer some of the lowest network prices around. Due to the natural market competition found in these data centers, clients can shop between different network providers to find the lowest price for the best cross connection. Since network service providers are directly next to their competitor, they are more likely to start a “bidding war” for your business. Likewise, colocation providers usually have specific deals with certain network providers which will aid you in finding the lowest price for the network you want.
What Determines the Location of a Carrier Hotel?
- The locations of fiber optic carriers would be low advantage in locating a carrier POP (Point of Presence) away from that of the carrier fiber network. Carrier hotels are by necessity in places where a lot of carriers optic networks meet. This possibly will be due to geography, coincidence or deliberate planning.
- Adequate and Reputable Electric Power: Nearly all carrier hotels have significant power requirements for both reliability and quantity. Frequent Carrier hotels have power grids or utility feeds from many substations and these feeds are normally unnecessary. New carrier hotels mostly have large diesel generators and associated fuel tanks for backup power, which can influence how they are placed through regulatory and environmental constraints.
- Facility Size: Carrier hotels are typically somewhat large. They’re more or less in no way less than 100k square feet and from time to time more than a million square Ft. This gives sufficient room for the carrier POP, Meet-Me Rooms and carrier neutral colocation facilities, and utility room, and sometimes office space for airline tenants.