Colocation and Datacenter Services

Datacenter and Colocation Services

When downtime is not an option, our fully redundant Datacenter facilities are the perfect place for the colocation and hosting of your business’ critical servers and related network hardware.

The Mosaic Data Center facilities provide the required redundancies most companies and individuals would otherwise find cost-prohibitive such as redundant electrical sources, redundant bandwidth, and biometric security features.

Don’t let the lights go out on your business, call Mosaic today at 240-399-3900 or request a quote online.

Our Datacenter Facilities

Baltimore Datacenter

Beltsville Datacenter

Rockville Datacenter

Silver Spring

Understanding Colocation and Managed Server Hosting

Server hosting is also known as colocation (collocation, co location, co-location or colo).  Server Hosting / Colocation services are provided when you place any server or other networking device such as a firewall, switch or router into a rack or cabinet at a datacenter facility.

In addition to providing rack space, we also provide the supporting routing, power and bandwidth/connectivity required to make the server accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Colocation services provide any company (large or small) with a fantastic alternative to hosting servers in their office environment. Generally speaking, most corporate office parks and commercial buildings are more susceptible to unannounced, extended power and connectivity outages. This not only cripples productivity, but can easily be avoided by moving critical systems to a remote datacenter location that is accessible from anywhere, anytime, day or night.

Mosaic offers a variety of different space options for a full range of client colocation services needs. Our clients pay a monthly fee plus setup for the space (number of Rack Units or U space), total power provided and bandwidth connection.

Cost Factors

There are generally three costs associated with colo services – rackspace fees, power and bandwidth / connectivity fees.

  • Rackspace Fees – are the fees associated with having your server located in a rack/cabinet at our datacenter. Ranging from 1U to a full rack, this measurement is the height of the server(s) being hosted. Most servers come in either 1U or 2U configurations. Servers with a large number of harddrives can be as big as 3U or 4U.
  • Power – Mosaic can provide you with many levels of Managed Network services when your server is colocated in our facility. These services range from standard monitoring and backup services to monthly patch mangement and updates support. We also provide hourly service and assistance with software installations and hardware management.
  • Bandwidth – Mosaic will provide you with unmetered bandwidth connectivity in virtually any capacity required. Ranging form 1Mbps to 100Mbps and up to 1Gbps…we can deliver connectivity. We can also provide Point to Point connections from the datacenter to your place of business so you can maintain an high level of business continuity. Additionally, our bandwidth can be easily scaled up or down as required so you always have as much connectivity as your business demands.

Rack Space Options

Per Server colocation services

1U of Rack Space is approximately 1.75” of colocation space. Colocation services and colocation hosting providers like Mosaic Data Services will generally allow clients host single servers in a shared rack or cabinet with other customers.

Half Dedicated Locking Cabinet

We offer all our customers dedicated locking half cabinets for colocation in most of our datacenter facilities.  Half cabinets are approximately 21U of colocation space. Customers will have exclusive access to the locking cabinet and can bring in one or more servers that up to 21U in the cabinet, however most customers will choose to leave some open spaces so air can be vented through the cabinet.  So plan to use 80% of the cabinet and leave 20% for airflow.

Full rack/cabinet colocation services

This is by far the most common option for Customers who require a secure and scalable colocation services space.  We offer all our customers dedicated locking full 42U cabinets for colocation in ALL our data center facilities.  Full locking cabinets provide up to 42U of colocation space. Customers will have exclusive access to the locking cabinet and can bring in one or more servers that up to 42U in the cabinet, however most customers will choose to leave some open spaces so air can be vented through the cabinet.  So plan to use 80% of the cabinet and leave 20% for airflow.

Private Cage Colocation

If you are interested, we can offer private caged colocation space for a minimum of 3 cabinets and up to 100+ cabinets. We offer customized private cages and suites as well, just let us know your requirements. This is a premium colocation services option and is generally used by Customers that with multiple companies which require additional levels of security or compliance.  Caged colocation services space is secure, private and scalable.

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