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Q&A for Mining Colocations

We’ve been receiving a lot of requests for colocating mining hardware lately, so here’s some of the common questions we’ve seen to help speed things up when you contact us.

Do you allow mining in your colo?

Yes, we allow mining hardware in our facility.

Mining doesn’t really need internet, just a 1Mbps connection.

While we understand that mining doesn’t need much internet access, physical ports can’t be shared and require us to support it the same as any other customer, so there’s no cost discount for bandwidth use (or lack of). On the contrary, customers normally expect large amounts of bandwidth for little cost, so we’ve worked hard to make sure bandwidth is only a minor component in the price. As such, there’s no discount by only using a small amount of bandwidth. We also don’t have any NAT in our autonomous system, so each customer uses an IPv4 /30 subnet at minimum, and it some would argue that IPv4 addresses are more valuable than bandwidth.

I only need this for X months.

We only offer term agreements for colocations between 1-year and 5-years.

I only have a small amount of equipment, why do I need full racks?

Only full racks are allowed to colocate pure computing loads. Half racks and shared space are not designed for “density” computing loads. Even if your full rack is mostly empty, it’s the heat footprint that counts.

Furthermore, all mining colocation power will be limited to 5kW per full rack for term lengths less than 3-years. This means if you need more than 5kW you’ll need to spread the load across multiple full racks. We unfortunately can’t allow short term customers to exceed 5kW per full rack.

I only need utility power, can I get a discount?

No, there’s no option for “utility only” power. Our prices include premiums for cooling and backup power (UPS and generator), plus maintenance and testing of those systems.

Why can’t you offer special rates for mining hardware?

Roller Network does not specialize in colocation for mining hardware, we are a general purpose colo facility. We understand there are places offering fixed pricing per physical miner, but we’re not built out to be that kind of place.

How much will it cost to colocate X machines? I don’t know the power.

Our rates aren’t per machine, so you have to know how many kilowatts you need.

Do you charge per kilowatt hour?

No, we don’t offer kWh metering on power at this time.

 

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Thanksgiving Holiday 2013

Our general business office will be closed for Thanksgiving, November 28th and 29th, 2013. Regular hours will resume on Monday, December 2nd. Colocation customers and others with service level agreements should call the hotline in the event of an emergency. We’ll still be watching for support tickets by email as well.

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Phase II: Coming Soon

We’re just about sold out in Phase I and we’ve secured space for our Phase II colocation floor space. Contact us to reserve a space today. Keep watching our newspipe for progress updates as we work towards Roller Network Phase II opening day!

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The $1 Fiber Optic Network

The cost of raw Internet bandwidth has plummeted over the last decade, and when you’re Google, it is even cheaper. When Google announced their fiber project, they initially claimed their network would be open to other providers. When Kansas City launched, they quietly retracted that. Even though Google is promising a number of upgrades to iProvo, having a government sanctioned monopoly for $1 is a sweet deal that would have never been offered to a local provider like XMission.

Read the full post at: http://transmission.xmission.com/2013/04/18/the-1-fiber-optic-network

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Charter Communications Now Available

Charter Communications is now available as an on-net carrier in our colocation facility. Charter is using a Cisco ME 3600X-24FS for additional site capabilities over of their regular ME 3400 series installations.

Customers or prospective customers wishing to utilize this carrier at our facility should contact Roller Network for our Site ID. This ID can then be used by your Charter account manager to locate our facility.