Benefits

Colocation has become a popular option for companies with midsize IT needs - especially those in Internet related business - because it allows the company to focus its IT staff on the actual work being done, instead of the logistical support needs which underlie the work.
ByteLok’s colocation facilities provide, as a retail rental business, on a term contract:

  • lockable rack cabinets or cages
  • power in a variety of formats
  • network connectivity – our clients are connected through their own router for access to our 100mb full duplex fibre network
  • cooling
  • physical security (including video surveillance, electronic locking and badge access, logging)
  • real-time live monitoring of all these functions for failures.

We also provide redundant systems for all of these features, to mitigate the problems if one or more of these systems fail

Among the economies of scale which result from grouping many small-to-midsized customers together in one facility are included:

  • higher reliability due to redundant systems
  • full time monitoring by live humans
  • lower network latency and higher bandwidth at a lower cost
  • specialist staff, like network and facilities engineers, which would not be cost effective for any single client to keep on the payroll

Major types of colocation customers we serve are:

  • Web commerce companies, who use the facilities for a safe environment and cost-effective, redundant connections to the Internet
  • Major enterprises, who use the facility for disaster avoidance, offsite data backup and business continuity
  • Telecommunication companies, who use the facilities to exchange traffic with other telecommunications companies and access to potential clients

Data Center Features

  • Fire protection systems, including passive and active design elements, as well as implementation of fire prevention programs in operations. Smoke detectors are installed to provide early warning of a developing fire by detecting particles generated by smouldering components prior to the development of flame. This allows investigation, interruption of power, and manual fire suppression using hand held fire extinguishers before the fire grows to a large size. A fire sprinkler system is provided to control a full scale fire if it develops.
  • Passive fire protection elements include the installation of fire walls around the space, so a fire can be restricted to a portion of the facility for a limited time in the event of the failure of the active fire protection systems.

  • 19-inch racks for data equipment and servers
  • Overhead cable rack (tray) and fiber guide
  • Air conditioning is used to control the temperature and humidity in the space. The electrical power used by the electronic equipment is converted to heat, which is rejected to the ambient air in the data center space. Unless the heat is removed, the ambient temperature will rise, resulting in electronic equipment malfunction. By controlling the space air temperature, the server components at the board level are kept within the manufacturer's specified temperature/humidity range. Air conditioning systems help keep equipment spaces humidity within acceptable parameters by cooling the return space air below the dew point. Too much humidity and water may begin to condense on internal components. In case of a dry atmosphere, ancillary humidification systems may add water vapour to the space if the humidity is too low, to avoid static electricity discharge problems which may damage components.
  • Low-impedance electrical ground.

Physical security

ByteLok’s colocation center has high levels of physical security comprised of: gated premises, perimeter CCTV cameras, electronic card access to the building, primary alarm system in main areas and separately monitored secondary alarm system internally and finally, a secondary internal CCTV camera system with active motion recording and alerting. Our customers can be confident that their critical equipment is safe and secure.
Our colocation facility requires that employees escort customers, so there is no unauthorized access to the data center. All activities in the data center are also monitored by CCTV cameras.

Power

Our facility is power-protected by a large diesel generator which is configured to start up automatically in case of a power failure. The generator is tested twice monthly using power failure simulations, and in every simulation power is restored to the data center within 7 seconds.
Since generators do not start instantaneously, our facilities also have battery backup systems. Some of our customers have their own UPSes installed in their racks which they can then monitor on their own.
We also can provide redundant, A and B power feeds to customer equipment, connecting your dual power supply servers to different electrical circuits. If power were to fail on one circuit, your second circuit will take over.

Cooling

The operator of a colocation facility generally provides air conditioning for the computer and telecommunications equipment in the building. The cooling system generally includes some degree of redundancy.
In older facilities, the cooling system capacity often limits the amount of equipment that can operate in the building, more so than the available square footage.

Networking

Our fibre optic network is fed from two primary trunks, one coming from Vancouver, BC and one from Calgary, AB. If, for any reason the Vancouver connection is interrupted, our Calgary connection would take over. This ensures that your equipment always remains connected.