Posted by: Greg Elliott, Director of Business Development at 1102 GRAND
1102 GRAND welcomes Ryan Weber as the new president of KCNext! We are excited for Ryan to take the organization to the next level and look forward to assisting him in any way possible. Good luck, Ryan!
KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City has selected Ryan Weber as its president, effective January 24, 2012.
Representing 70 current KCnext member companies and growing, Weber will work to support tech/IT company members and grow the region’s tech ecosystem. He will support KCADC in its efforts to recruit new technology companies to the Greater Kansas City region. With his expertise in angel networks, Weber will collaborate with area tech companies to attract motivated funders to the area. Weber will also work closely with KCnext members to develop key educational programs and networking events, as well as encourage joint-calendaring and co-promotion with regional entrepreneurial organizations.
Posted by: Greg Elliott, Director of Business Development at 1102 GRAND
All of us at 1102 GRAND truly appreciate the publicity Processor Magazine has given our company.
Read the article: Colocation on a Grand Scale
If location is a defining factor in selecting a colocation provider, 1102 Grand (www.1102grand.com) has a leg up on the competition. Located in Kansas City’s Financial District, the company’s building is a hub for numerous cross-country fiber routes passing through 1102 Grand’s carrier neutral Meet Me Room—a fact that makes 1102 Grand able to provide customers strategic advantages other colocation providers in the region cannot.
“The building serves as a major hub for voice and data traffic in the region by providing a facility with the necessary infrastructure for carriers, service providers, and commercial customers to conduct network-related business together reliably and cost-effectively,” says Greg Elliott, director of business development at 1102 Grand. 1102 Grand is situated directly on Kansas City’s major metropolitan fiber ring, leading top-light telecommunications companies (Level 3, Verizon Business, and AT&T included) and regional carriers, service providers, and enterprise customers to build and operate data centers, nodes, and/or POPs (Points of Presence) at 1102 Grand.
“These tenants then extend their desired connectivity media (fiber, coax, copper, etc.) into our carrier-neutral Meet Me Room to interconnect with one another and provide services to other entities,” Elliott says.
KANSAS CITY, MO–(Marketwire – Jan 10, 2012) - 1102 GRAND announced today that it has successfully completed the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 (SSAE 16) Type 2 audit. SSAE 16 is a standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for service organizations and replaces the previous SAS 70 standard incorporating international controls based on the ISAE 3402 standard. Completion of the SSAE 16 Type 2 required an independent and rigorous examination by an independent Certified Public Accounting firm, Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., validating that 1102 GRAND has the proper controls in place for the delivery of secure and high availability colocation and interconnection operations.
Greg Elliott, director of business development for 1102 GRAND, said, “The completion of an SSAE 16 Type 2 audit is yet another example of how 1102 GRAND continues to invest in our carrier hotel facility and signifies our ongoing commitment to delivering a high level of quality. For our colocation and interconnection customers, SSAE 16 compliance provides confidence our service organization adheres to the critical processes and operational controls necessary to support their business environments,” said Elliott.
1102 GRAND is a Midwestern carrier hotel and network neutral colocation facility specifically enhanced with the infrastructure to host and provide services to an array of global network operators including carriers, service providers and enterprise customers who demand highly secure and connected, customized solutions for their core networking equipment. 1102 GRAND offers a wide array of colocation options including cabinets and private cage space which are connected to a carrier neutral Meet Me Room, housing over 30 carriers and service providers (http://1102grand.com/) Twitter @1102grand and Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/1102-GRAND/106559716056523
Here are some of the key takeaways:
1. Checking the redundancy level in place for HVAC, UPSes, PDus and other components
2. Requesting incident logs, maintenance records, etc.
3. Inquiring about what programs and contracts are in place for the data center infrastructure
To learn more about 1102 GRAND’s services, including colocation, call Greg at (816) 471-7872.
Read the article: Choose A Colocation Provider: Areas To Address When Narrowing The Field
Getting it right the first time is crucial when selecting a colocation provider, says Darin Stahl, Info-Tech Research Group lead analyst. For example, SMEs that move equipment into a provider’s space only to have to switch providers shortly after due to lack of foresight will pay a heavy price. “When you get into a colocation, switching costs are enormous,” he says. “This isn’t like buying a bunch of photocopiers, being unhappy with them, and putting them to the curb and getting new Xeroxes in. It’s a big deal to go through switching.” To find a good fit with a colocation provider, consider the following.
✔Acquire Enough Power & Space
Power and space are among the most important factors when judging providers. Where space is concerned, Clive Longbottom, service director of business process facilitation at Quocirca, says to ask yourself what you’re trying to accomplish, whether it’s to move existing or new workloads out of the data center or phase the data center out completely. If you expect to need additional physical space later, he says, get enough initially or negotiate with the provider to leave space around your area to avoid a forklift move from one part of the facility to another. This may cost more upfront, he says, but it will have less impact on the business later.
Greg Elliott, director of business development at 1102 Grand (www.1102grand.com), says checking the redundancy level in place for HVAC, UPSes, PDUs, and other components is also vital. “Not having enough redundancy for your organization’s particular requirements could be catastrophic if there was an outage,” he says; conversely, “paying for too much redundancy is likely to cause an organization to overpay for their colocation presence,” he says. Elliott advises requesting incident logs, maintenance records, etc., to determine how well the facility is run. “Based on meetings and facility tours I have been part of, people rarely inquire about what preventative maintenance programs and contracts are in place for the data center infrastructure,” he says.
As for power, Stahl says pricing is increasingly becoming variable. “It used to be I could go in and get a rack and I would know that for $340 a month or whatever the flat fee was, I had A-side, B-side power and this much commit,” he says. “Increasingly, though, vendors are enacting power-variation pricing clauses as frequently as quarterly to say, ‘Look, if I get a price increase from my supplier, I’m going to pass this on to you anywhere from 4 to 10%, and I’ll do that on a quarterly basis.’” In such cases, Stahl says obtaining fullmetered pricing can mean paying less.