Extreme Density Colocation Will Save You Money.

March 29, 2010

Would you like to add a level of redundancy to your IT infrastructure and reduce costs at the same time?  By taking advantage of 360 Technology Center Solutions’ Extreme Density Colocation™ services, our growing list of satisfied customers is doing exactly that.

Extreme Density Colocation™ at 360TCS is defined as actual power draw between 10kW – 18kW per cabinet. That’s right, 10kW – 18kW ACTUAL DRAW per cabinet in our well lit, tier III+ data center located in Lombard, IL.

How can 360TCS effectively deliver and cool power densities that are unattainable by other, larger, more-well-known area providers?

The answer lies in our environmentally friendly, ultra-efficient HVAC design. Our unique chilled water, raised floor configuration utilizes the very latest advances in chiller technology designed to meet with LEED® Green Building certification requirements. This, coupled with our advanced building automation system allows us to easily deliver cooling evenly throughout the data center and automatically prevents hot spots.

  • Extreme Density Colocation™ allows you to take advantage of today’s power hungry storage arrays and blade server solutions.
  • Do the math. Save money.1 cabinet with 16kW < 2 cabinets with 8kW each < 4 cabinets with 2kW each.
  • Choose a solution that can grow with you. Extreme Density Colocation™ provides scalability and expandability. Need more power? We have it.


The 360TCS data center is designed for Mission Critical Colocation. 100% availability.

  • 360TCS is a carrier neutral facility, featuring a private, redundant fiber ring with POPs at 350 E. Cermak and 111 N. Canal St. in Chicago. This provides our clients low-latency access to over 200 carriers, financial exchanges and market data resources. Dark fiber is also available.
  • The 360TCS security staff patrols the data center around the clock. Full facility video monitoring, biometrically controlled access and strictly adhered to security policies prevent unauthorized activity and ensure stability.
  • Simple remote hands, smart hands and comprehensive network engineering and troubleshooting services are available via phone, e-mail or our web-based interface 24/7/365 providing you with the comfort of knowing qualified assistance is there when you need it most.


This sounds good, but who is 360TCS? 360 Technology Center Solutions team is a hand-picked group of data center professionals possessing over 50 years combined experience in IT infrastructure. The team was assembled with the sole purpose of indentifying an ideal location to design, build and operate an advanced data center. We are privately held with zero debt and are approaching our 18th month of operation with zero downtime to date.

What are clients saying about 360TCS?

“We are a relatively new customer of 360TCS and have been satisfied with everything we’ve received so far. The staff is competent in their areas and is able to provide the type of service which we require. We were looking for a combination of electrical apacity, network connectivity and room for growth. We found all three of those at 360TCS.”

– Bill Mania, CTO – OM Holdings, Inc.

“As a leading provider of software-as-a-service solutions to buy-side financial institutions, our clients count on us for availability and performance. The resiliency of the 360TCS infrastructure allows us to focus on delivering the best software and services possible while enjoying the peace of mind of knowing our network and hardware is in a stable and secure environment.” – John E. Borse, President and CEO – Sky Road LLC

Other area providers may claim to be able to support high density deployments, and some can, if you don’t mind being forced to pay too much for more space than you need or being jammed into some corner retro-fit of a larger facility. Since the 360TCS data center was designed EXCLUSIVELY to support our Extreme Density Colocation™ service and we can deliver the power and cooling capacity you have always wanted at a price that will not obliterate your bottom line.

Everyone has heard the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure”. Never has that saying been more accurate than when it is applied to IT infrastructure. The cost of colocation in a hardened, high availability data center can be literally thousands times less than what and extended outage or damaging data loss can cost. In the event of an unforeseen disaster revenue is typically not the only thing lost. Many times it can mean the loss of jobs.

In addition providing the redundant power, cooling, connectivity and security you require, 360TCS is focused on creating true partnerships with our clients. We offer capacities well beyond what the brand name providers do and our size and entrepreneurial approach to the business allow us to deliver a level of service and client satisfaction that truly set us apart.

To learn more, contact 360TCS @ 888-313-1306  or sales@360TCS.com

Flat Rate or Metered

February 9, 2010

How do you prefer to pay for Data Center power?

When choosing a colocation facility, one thing to consider is the format the provider uses to charge for power. It is important that the provider you choose to colocate with uses a power pricing format that is compatible with your expected deployment to avoid paying for power that you do not need or even worse could not be effectively cooled.

In general terms, most data centers will use either a FLAT RATE per circuit or a METERED power pricing model. How do you know which is best for you?

If you ask IT infrastructure professionals which model they prefer,  most will say they prefer a metered model as it implies that you pay only for the power you use. Be sure to read the fine print and make sure you are 100% familiar with all the potential factors that  impact your monthly power cost. A couple things you might want to verify are:

  • Monthly Minimum – typically in a metered power model their will be a monthly minimum of usage applied to your power bill. A common minimum is 40-50% of the breakered power total. This protects the data center from delivering large amounts of breakered power per cabinet and  having the client using only a small percentage. This is even more important when you have more than one primary circuit per cabinet. For example, let’s say you have leased a cabinet equipped with 2 x 30A/208V  single phase, primary power circuits in an A + B configuration delivering 6.24KW per circuit for a total of 12.48KW cabinet. The standard allowable actual draw to avoid potentially tripping circuit breakers is 80% of  the breakered total or 9.98KW.  In that cabinet, you deploy a blade server chassis with dual power supplies that draws a total 4KW with the intent of drawing 2KW from each of the two primary power circuits allowing you the ability to draw the entire 4KW from either circuit should you lose a power supply or a PDU.  In this case, 2KW actual draw is roughly 32% of the breakered total of 6.24KW per circuit. If the provider has a 50% minimum, that is 18% per circuit or 2.25KW of unused power you will be charged for. At an example rate of $185 per KW that is $415 per cabinet for power you will not use.
  • Max Actual Draw per Cabinet – It is common for an end user to expect additional power to be available when a metered power pricing format is used but that is not always the case. For example, you lease a cabinet as described above with 2 x 30a/208V circuits and you are drawing about 6KW,  approximately 50% of the breakered total. Logically, you assume, that you would have at least an additional 30% or 3KW+ of available power per cabinet, however be sure to check your provider’s Max actual draw per cabinet. You may be surprised to learn that they cannot effectively cool more than the minimum, removing any advantage a metered model may provide. 

When a flate rate per circuit model is in place, there are also several important factors to consider:

  • Cooling Capacity- As is the case in a metered power model, the maximum actual draw per cabinet that can be effectively cooled is an important factor when choosing the appropriate amperage and voltage for your cabinets. A rule of thumb is that the maximum actual draw is 80% of the breakered power total. For example, a 20A/110V power circuit will allow you to draw up to 1.76KW or 80% of the 2.2KW breakered total. Most data centers can easily cool this type of density but  when you get into the larger circuits or multiple primary circuits per cabinet you may run into a limit that can affect your potential for expansion and the ability to fully utilize your available cabinet space. Be sure to verify the limits before planning your power deployment. You do not want to end up paying for power you will never be able to draw.
  • Scalability – Let’s say you lease a cabinet and it comes with a single 20A/110V power circuit. You load in 10 of your 12 total servers and realize that despite your estimated power utilization calculations you have maxed out the circuit and will require an additional 20A/110V circuit. This is where flat rate can be a burden. Let’s say the flat rate cost of the circuit is $250 per month and you have to add an entire new circuit to power the last two servers, that is not an effective use of available power and will result in additional cost. A better plan may have been to chose a provider that offers metered power or simply to have started with a 30A circuit which would have been a better fit.

Regardless of what power pricing model is right for you, what is most important is that you select a provider that is willing to work with you to help you establish the most cost effective solution without compromising any reliability. At 360TCS we work with each client to find a solution that fits. We are flexible and willing to utilize different pricing models to meet our client’s needs and meet our stated goal which is Total Customer Satisfaction.