What is the best way to find Houston Colocation facilities? Over the last 15 years working in the hosting and colocation industry, I have seen clients find colocation facilities in a variety fashions. Below are some of the more popular methods…
(1) Referrals – Ask other tech savvy local businesses or partners who they use for web hosting and/or colocation services. Make sure to ask several companies for referrals because not all companies utilize a colocation infrastructure. Many Houston colocation facilities only offer certain types of colocation and hosting services so finding an appropriate match for your requirements make take time and research.
(2) Data Center Lists – Several website now offer list of colocation facilities in various regions across the country and world. Websites like datacentermapping.com and datacentermap.com are a great resource to find local data center facilities in the Houston area. Make sure you connect with several different colocation facilities in your area. Since most of these lists are free to register, you will still need to perform “due diligence” when selecting an appropriate vendor.
(3) Find a local Telecom agent – Telecom agents are a dime a dozen. If you find a good one, they will be able to “spreadsheet” some local options for you based on your requirements. A “good” telecom agent represents both national and local Houston colocation facilities.
(4) Google – Just Google the term “Houston colocation” or “Houston colocation facilities.” You will find several national and local colocation providers that offer colocation, dedicated servers and cloud hosting. This process is usually random and very time consuming.
(5) Colocation Broker – There are many advantages of using a colocation broker. Find a reputable colocation broker to help you source multiple quotes from Houston area colocation providers. Qualified colocation brokers have spent countless hours researching colocation data centers in a given area. Based on years of experience and customer satisfaction, they have a strong database of qualified vendors in any given geographic area. A colocation broker will either spreadsheet the best options for you or they will source you direct contacts and quotes from the most qualified colocation vendors. Colotraq has been around the longest and has a large database of qualified vendors. Our company, QuoteColo.com has been in business since 2003 and we work with all types of end clients – Fortune 500s, enterprise, and SMBs. We will source client quotes for 1U up to a private custom cages.
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