Top Three Reasons to Colo with HREF Tools
- You can leverage our expertise to provide the
full range of services your customers demand: email, ftp,
dns, database, http, https, integration...
FREE guidance always on tap.
- You own the hardware. You own the software licenses.
We do not mark up any of that. You pay only for space
in the cabinet and bandwidth. FAIR PRICES.
- Ultra-high reliability. Read the list of features
below carefully; your server will be living in an
absolutely optimal environment, and because of the constant
temperature and electricity levels, it will tend to last much
longer than it would in your home or office. We routinely
have servers lasting upwards of five years with no hard
disk crashes, no power supply failures, just steady
delivery of service, and this is across manufacturers and
Wait. What exactly does "server colo" mean? It is an abbreviation for "server co-location" which means that your
server (your rack-mountable hardware - not a virtual machine)
is cooperatively living in a cabinet which is managed by
HREF Tools. We worry about the router, the networking,
the electricity, the backup power generators, the air conditioning, the security and much more.
Your contribution is to purchase the machine,
any relevant software licenses and pay ongoing fees toward
The HREF Tools Hosting Facility Features:
- you have complete control over your equipment
You can purchase ANY server, so you decide how much
horsepower you need. You can run ANY legal software, so
you decide which web server, ftp server, database server,
email server, dns server you want to run.
- high-bandwidth, low-latency (i.e. very fast!)
We are connected to two (2) of the largest Internet backbones, not just one.
- state of the art security with 24x7 network and premises monitoring
- ideal room temperature for computer equipment
- redundant UPS power; backup power generators which kick in during power failures for up to one week and are periodically tested (perfect operation since ~1998)
- state of the art rack-mount cabinetry
- FMS-200 fire suppression
- in business since 1995
- located in Sonoma County, California, USA
|Cost of Rack Space (per month)
Note: hosting fees are billed quarterly, in advance
||1U Rack Mount Case
||$22.50 per 1.0 Amp sustained
||400Kbps sustained, 4Mbps peak, or per contract
|Bulk bandwidth (up to T3)
| Initial install to cabinet
||$100 unless there are extra/difficult
|Additional IP Numbers, per request.
(subject to availability)
|$1 per month.
|Web-Based Hardware APC Power Switch Control
||$50 setup fee plus $5 per month; not required if your server supports IPMI
|Technical service (hardware work and software installation
||$45 to $175.00/hr with 15 minute minimum, depending on requirements
Pay quarterly in advance by MasterCard, VISA or AmEx, U.S. check or international wire transfer.
|Case size / footprint
||The server must be rack mountable.
||100 or 1000 Mbps
||You are responsible for insuring your equipment.
HREF Tools Corp. does not insure your equipment.
- Electricity cost is $67.50 per 1Amp sustained power per quarter. We will measure the power-on, peak and sustained power usage of your server. Estimate 1.0 to 2.2 Amp in absence of any more exact data from your own measurements or manufacturer documentation.
Buying the Server
Under a colo plan, you buy your own server: new,
refurbished, used, whatever you wish. You can
preconfigure it with software, or do a remote install of
the operating system, whatever you wish. (IPMI is required for remote install.)
You are responsible for all software licenses.
You would ship the server to Santa Rosa (zip 95407) and we will safely and gently install it in our cabinet in the data center for you.
If you have not yet purchased your server and are
looking to save some money, we can recommend
buying from one of the vendors listed here:
Installing Software for the Server
If your server has IPMI then you will be able to
manage the server almost entirely on your own. As of December 2011, IPMI costs between $0 and $50 on a new server, depending on the vendor.
Remote control of server from first boot with IPMI
IPMI shows temperature and more
Please stop by our live chat entrance to discuss anything relating to hosting. If live chat is not open, you will be able to leave a message. Please suggest a time window that will work for you during the next business day and we will endeavor to meet you online then.
In spite of the lovely photograph (which is real), we
have limited space available to share in our cabinet.
Space is rented on a first-come first-serve basis.