ColoCrossing Increases Network Speeds at Buffalo NY Datacenter

Speed-testToday we’re thrilled to announce our latest round of network upgrades, this time focused at our Buffalo, NY datacenters. ColoCrossing is committed to providing the fastest speeds, and lowest latency networks to our customers and this recent capacity upgrade is part of that continuing effort. Today, the Buffalo ColoCrossing network enjoys total capacity of 200 Gbit per second or 200,000 Mbit per second which is 10,000 times faster than a standard residential cable internet connection!

IMG_20160224_144148ColoCrossing has multiple connections to four different premium transit providers, providing extensive redundancy and the ability to select the fastest path for traffic in real time. Our Buffalo network now consists of 60 Gbit to Telia Sonera (increased from 40 Gbit), 80 Gbit from Hibernia Atlantic (increased from 40 Gbit), 40 Gbit to XO Communications and 20 Gbit to Zayo. Telia Sonera is one of the largest networks in Europe and among the fastest growing Tier-1 networks (highest quality standard) in the United States. Telia’s network allows customers in the ColoCrossing Buffalo datacenter to have very fast speeds especially to Europe and Asia.

ColoCrossing builds its networks for 100% uptime reliability and the highest speeds possible. Our continued investment ensures that our customers receive the enterprise-level experience they expect. The next ColoCrossing datacenter to receive enhancements will be Los Angeles, we’ll be sure to share more details once the upgrades are completed!

ColoCrossing Activates Low-Latency Link to Canada

torix_logo2011Through our carrier/transit partners ColoCrossing’s Buffalo datacenter is now directly peered with many of Canada’s largest internet service providers. This private link allows for very high speed, low latency, communication between the ColoCrossing datacenter and Canadians on the Rogers, Cogeco, TekkSavvy and Videotron networks. Instead of traffic traversing the common internet and traveling long distances it now goes directly from the ISP to TORIX (the Toronto Internet Exchange) and then right to the ColoCrossing Buffalo datacenter — increasing speeds and reducing latency by more than 70% on average!

For example, this particular Canadian customer previously “pinged” (the time it takes for a round trip from source to destination on the internet) 35 msec from his home office to the Buffalo datacenter. Now that our direct connection is active, the latency has been reduced to only 6 msec!

traceroute from Buffalo Datacenter to 24.226.5.221, 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
1 10.8.6.89 0.848 ms 1.371 ms 1.335 ms
2 10.8.17.209 0.604 ms 0.668 ms 0.642 ms
3 10.8.43.1 0.198 ms 0.172 ms 0.159 ms
4 10.8.25.141 58.812 ms 10.8.25.197 0.221 ms 10.8.25.141 58.726 ms
5 78.152.61.30 0.642 ms 78.152.57.86 0.587 ms 0.706 ms
6 eth3-1.edge1.tor1.ca.as5580.net (78.152.45.219) 9.311 ms 13.639 ms 9.268 ms
7 cogeco.ip4.torontointernetxchange.net (206.108.34.27) 4.332 ms 4.308 ms 3.448 ms
8 129-6-226-24.rev.cgocable.net (24.226.6.129) 6.520 ms 6.477 ms 6.448 ms

ColoCrossing Grows in Buffalo, New York!

cropped-IMG_0316.jpgSince opening our latest datacenter facility in Buffalo, New York in June 2015 ColoCrossing has been enjoying strong demand for its colocation, dedicated servers, disaster recovery and high-speed office internet services in the region. Located at 325 Delaware Avenue, the company’s flagship Buffalo facility is nearing capacity after less than 1 year since opening! As a result we’ve been extra busy planning for the next phase of growth here in our beautiful home town of Buffalo!

As part of that expansion planning just yesterday we received the first set of new Liebert Emerson air conditioners for our upcoming datacenter project. This second datacenter will be the company’s third computer room in Buffalo, and will feature cold aisle containment and the latest technology to improve efficiency. We expect this latest datacenter to be ready to serve customers early 2017. As work progresses we will be certain to share more exciting news about ColoCrossing’s growth and expansion in Buffalo!

IT Security: Colo Provides a Smaller Attack Surface than Cloud

cyber-attackVeterans of the IT industry know one thing: IT trends seem to happen in cycles.

In the 80’s, centralized computing took shape in the form of mainframe computing. In the 90s, computing migrated towards desktop applications with much of the computing power coming from the desktop PC itself.

In the 2000s, simple applications were deployed using web browsers, ensuring scalability and compatibility with all operating systems. In the current decade, Cloud has accelerated the trend of deploying applications on the webs by allowing developers to spin up architecture in efforts to test out apps.

What happens when your apps reach maturity and it’s time for them to be deployed out to end users?

Can you absolutely guarantee that the public cloud can provide your organization with the security it needs?

DSC_0570Comparing Attack Surfaces: Cloud vs. Colo

Think about the different methods in which your cloud server or cloud services can be accessed. Let’s single out one of the top public cloud providers, Microsoft Azure.

To access Microsoft Azure, you have to setup a Microsoft account that can be based upon an internal email address or an Office 365 address.

This in itself greatly increases the attack surface, considering the fact that all that a perpetrator needs to access your entire cloud infrastructure is your Microsoft account.

Another question you should ask is: What if a critical service such as Azure Active Directory fails? According to Neowin, this exact incident happened in early December of 2015, causing many Microsoft customers to go without access to their data for several hours.

Consider this Scenario: When you host with a public cloud, your servers don’t necessarily need to be attacked. If you rely on a cloud service, such as cloud SQL, cloud Active Directory or others, a failure occurring outside of your organization’s network could impact your company’s ability to make money.

With server colocation, you determine at an administrative level what services are installed on your network. This gives your administrators granular control over the services your business offers to end users and customers.

Administrators can customize the security features to their exact specifications, versus adhering to the security specs given to you by a cloud service provider. This in itself tips the scales to heavily favor using collocated servers over cloud based servers.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

While many public cloud providers can spin up a virtual machine connected to an SSD array, these virtual machine templates may not give your organizations exactly what it needs in order to operate properly.

When your resources are abstracted, administrators can potentially lose control of their data.

Who is to say that a rouge data center employee won’t discreetly access your account using a service account in order to reduce the likelihood of any red flags being raised? What if a governmental agency asks your cloud provider to perform this very action?

When you host your own infrastructure, with your own Network Attached Storage devices, you can ensure that your organization has the ability to accurately determine who, what, when and how users are accessing company data.

What are you waiting for?

Contact ColoCrossing today to discuss our robust colocation services. With ColoCrossing, you can host your workloads in any one of world class datacenters located all around the world.

Contact ColoCrossing today for a free, no-obligation quote.

Datacenter Colocation vs. Building Your Own

Build-vs-Buy-Colocation-Data-CentersGrowing organizations often find themselves weighing the pros and cons of building their own data center versus buying colocation hosting services.

Various market research firms have found that the total price of constructing a data center onsite can cost up to $3,000 per square foot.

Businesses must make a critical decision: Should they bite the bullet and absorb the costs of an onsite data center construction or should they look at colocating their servers into a nearby data center?

If you’re being tasked with these critical decisions, consider these distinct advantages that colocation provides over onsite data centers.

Colo Gives Your Organization More Long Term Value

Let’s face it, most IT departments aren’t turning a profit for their companies; IT departments are there to save the company money on critical IT infrastructures.

Although having IT staff is absolutely necessary for most businesses, the size of your IT staff will likely be proportional the amount of infrastructure that your business has built onsite.

Theoretically, if your IT staff has less responsibilities, there should be a smaller chance of an outage occurring on your network.

When you put your servers in a nearby colocation data center, your IT staff won’t have to worry about power outages, network outages or outages that are out of the realm of your IT crew’s control.

IMG_2185Maintain a Nimble, Talented IT Staff

With this in mind, consider the fact that onsite data centers require constant maintenance, monitoring and staffing.

Combined with the fact that private data center outages occur more frequently than they do in a colocation data center, it’s easy to see why colo is becoming a more popular choice for businesses all around the world.

Not every organization has the budget to bring on additional IT staff that can be available to perform the core tasks associated with data center administration.

With this in mind, doesn’t it make more sense to hire a small, talented IT staff that can perform systems administration tasks remotely?

DatacentervscolocationYour Organization Can Focus on Sales, Not Deploying IT Infrastructure

Building a data center is less cost effective than colocation services. In fact, over a 10 year period, colocation is actually 42.3 percent less expensive based on a standard build-out for a medium sized company! Building your own facility will require wiring, a sophisticated cooling system, raised floor space and a physical security system that meets or exceeds industry standards.

If your business is growing rapidly, consider leasing colocated data center space for your critical IT systems.

By deploying IT infrastructure inside of a colocated data center, your business will can focus on what it does best: making sales and converting leads.

The best part of implementing a data center colocation strategy is that your business can buy as much as data center space as it needs, and your IT staff will never have to worry about addressing the root causes of network outages, power outages or physical security breaches ever again.