Single Server Colocation designed for Vancouver

January 21st 2020

CanShield Data Center provides single colocation services to clients in British Columbia’s largest city: Vancouver! Our 10,500 square foot facility, situated in Kamloops, is well established as a colocation provider at the hub of BC’s fibre highway. In this article we’ll look at a few reasons for using our services and why our location is the best option for businesses from the Lower Mainland!

Single server colocation services are the use of colocation hosting on one physical server on the same rack as servers that belong to other clients. It’s like paying for one seat on a bus instead of paying for the whole bus in order to transport one person. This option is a cheaper alternative to having your own rack while still obtaining the power, uptime, and reliability of having your equipment in a data center.

There are many situations where you might want to consider using single server colocation services. Let’s name a few and look at why CanShield Data Center is a great option for Vancouver companies.

When You Need Reliable Uptime

Uptime, especially when provided via a data center’s colocation services, aims for 100 percent due to power monitoring and redundant infrastructure. In addition, the cooling and environment at a data center is controlled with redundancy built-in. Uptime let’s you know how likely it is that you can leave your machine at that data center without it unexpectedly losing power.

If you have your server stored in your office, there’s always a chance that the building will experience a power outage longer than your backup power supplies can last for. Power outages happen all the time! If your machine needs to stay on at all times, then you want to keep it somewhere that you can be more certain that it won’t lose power.

A data center is better equipped to handle power outage situations. With backup power systems far beyond only your typical battery powered UPS system, you can be certain that your equipment will be powered even in a long-term power outage.

If You’re Unsure that your Company Will Grow

Many newer businesses are aware of their need for colocation services – especially when considering if their company will grow – but are unsure of whether or not their business will actually scale quickly enough. In those early stages of a business startup, there may not be enough financing for you to put your equipment in a full rack – or even half a rack.

Single server colocation is perfect in these situations. It will provide you all of the benefits of colocation without hurting your pocketbook.

And at CanShield, since our facility is 10,500 square feet, your business can continue growing within our space without worrying about running out of room in a few years.

Backup Servers

When it comes to important data, redundancy and backups are integral. Having all of your data in one data center – even if it is copied on more than one machine at that location – could be a problem if something happens to that data center. Although a data center is a very secure basket, you still don’t want to put all of your eggs into one location.

There are many reasons you might want to have one server holding a redundant backup of your data in a second data center. We’ll talk about one important reason in a minute. Whatever the reason though, CanShield provides a great location for storing your single backup server. Being at the hub of British Columbia’s fibre highway means that if you ever experience a need for accessing your backups, our location provides you the best accessibility possible in the province – no matter where in Vancouver your business operates.

Data Backup and Business Continuity

While there are other single server colocation services in Vancouver — an estimated 21 to be exact — CanShield is your best option as a data backup provider. In the event of a large-scale disaster in the Vancouver area, CanShield is the closest location to the Lower Mainland that’s outside of its high seismic activity area.

As such, CanShield’s location — which is a three hour drive from Vancouver — makes it the perfect choice as a high-end security and data center service. CanShield is the closest and most seismically stable data center available to businesses in the Lower Mainland. Data from the Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction shows that Kamloops (where CanShield’s building resides) has a drastically lower seismic activity than Vancouver. Making sure your data is stored in a seismically stable location is one of the top priorities in IT architecture planning.

CanShield has a diverse team with over 40 years of experience working in the IT industry. Our facility is a purpose built highly secure data center, not just a converted office or storage site, and includes rebar reinforced concrete cinder blocks, structural steel cross braces, redundant cooling and power management. CanShield is at the hub of British Columbia’s fibre optic routes which span 1,400 km across the province. As such, our location makes us ideal for colocation services for Western Canada and Vancouver.

If you are looking for single colocation services, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about how we can help your business. It would be our pleasure to hear from you and give you a tour if you’re in the area.