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6 Tips for a Seamless Transition to Your New Colocation Server Hosting Facility

Colocation Server HostingYou’ve decided it’s time to capitalize on the many advantages of using a colocation server hosting facility. As you prepare to act on that decision, the reality of the challenges you’ll face in making the move hits you. Now you begin to think about how to ensure that your migration takes place without incident. While it’s true that there are risks associated with making the switchover, there are steps you can take to help guarantee a seamless transition.

Preparing for Your Colocation Server Hosting Move

You’re eager to move your processing to your new colocation server hosting facility. But, it’s critical that you do so without interrupting business operations. Here are six things you can do to help ensure success:

  1. Create a detailed migration plan. Put every step of your transition process in writing. This is critical to achieving your goals. Create a plan that has a step-by-step description of the process with specific times (i.e. “Saturday 8:00 a.m.” versus “Saturday morning”) and assignments. This will provide clarity and instill confidence in everyone involved. Develop this plan based on available bandwidth and be sure that someone is assigned the task of ensuring that all necessary software licenses have been obtained.
  2. Choose a migration manager. Your transition will be a group effort. However, be sure to name one person to ride herd over the entire process. Without someone in that role, it’s too easy to assume that someone else is going to take care of a task that was left unassigned or handle an issue that has come up.
  3. Practice to the extent possible. While not every aspect of the move can be tested in advance, many things can be. Do whatever “dry runs” you can, and repeat them if necessary to ensure that on move day, everyone is comfortable with their assigned tasks. This can prevent a situation where you discover in the middle of a move that some task wasn’t accounted for or someone is unclear about what they should be doing.
  4. Back everything up. While your preparation and testing will almost certainly guarantee a smooth transition, those are, of course, famous last words! Better safe than sorry. Be sure to create all necessary data backups, restore points, and image archives just in case. And by this, we mean every last byte of data should be backed up.
  5. Be well-staffed. Having just enough personnel available to handle all the transition tasks is really not enough. If problems arise and people are pulled away to handle them, you can easily find yourself short-staffed. Hope for the best, and plan for… something short of that!
  6. Run in tandem if possible. If the early indicators are that the transition was successful, it probably was. However, running in tandem for a period of days or weeks can be very reassuring to your organization. It can also be a lifesaver if a significant issue is encountered.


Helping You Make a Risk-Mitigated Data Center Move

When you’re ready to transition to colocation server hosting, we’ve got the cutting-edge facility you need. And we can share our insights on how to make a stress-free transition. Complete our website Contact Us form, stop by our facility, or call us at 800-935-6527 and let’s talk about your objectives.

Your Northern Colorado Internet Provider: Experience Matters

FRII Your Northern Colorado Internet Provider: Experience Matters (son and father)

When you’re looking for a Northern Colorado Internet provider, there are many characteristics you could consider — everything from data speeds to the types and quality of support offered. As you make your list of selection criteria, one item you should be sure to include is experience.

The ability to provide reliable, high-speed Internet and related solutions isn’t something you have simply by virtue of creating a website and advertising your offering. It takes years of working in this industry (like any industry) to understand how to deliver the best possible service to your customers. You also need to be familiar with all the potential pitfalls you may encounter in your operations and how to avoid them.

FRII has been the leader in Northern Colorado Internet and commercial datacenter services for more than two decades. We own and operate 10 Gbps fiber Internet infrastructure in a number of Colorado communities. This includes Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park. We also provide high-speed, point to point, point to multipoint, and meshed wireless solutions to customers all around the state. FRII knows this business inside and out because we’ve been in it for over 20 years.

Who can You Trust for Your Northern Colorado Internet and More?

Reputation is another important factor to consider when selecting a technology company. In addition to being a Northern Colorado Internet provider, we also own and operate SSAE 16 Type II certified datacenters. These facilities must have cutting-edge systems and advanced security to earn the confidence of our customers. This is especially true for those that handle sensitive data. Some of the names on our client list are a testament to the quality of our datacenters and services. They include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the City of Fort Collins, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The State of Colorado, Computer Associates (one of the world’s largest independent software companies), Arapahoe County, and La Plata County are on there as well. In fact, we provide 24x7x365 network monitoring and support services for over 3,500 customers.

They trust us because of our experience and because our datacenters and Internet infrastructure utilize the latest technology. For example, our Internet connections use the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) for load balancing and automatic failover. And our datacenters are fully redundant and designed with separate dual power feeds, three generators, three uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). They also have 120 tons of cooling, and two independent 10 gigabit fiber connections to the Internet provided by Tier 1 carriers.

Delivering the Quality Internet Experience You and Your Business Expect

Looking for a Northern Colorado Internet provider? We’ve got the experience and the trust of a long list of loyal customers that few can match. If you’ve got questions about FRII’s suite of services, just complete our website Contact Us form, stop by our facility, or call us at 800-935-6527.

5 Tips for Choosing a Web Hosting Provider

FRII web hosting | building a websiteIf your company is like most, your website is one of the most valuable assets you own. Not only is it a key marketing tool, it may also be used for communication, education, resource storage, and other purposes. When your website goes offline, your business goes offline. Consequently, it’s critical that you do your research before selecting a web hosting provider.

Finding the Right Web Hosting Partner

Your web hosting company is more than just a service provider. They actually function almost as a business partner. That said, you want to be sure and find the right fit. Here are some aspects of their service that you want to look very closely at:

  1. Reliability and uptime. Like we said above, if your website goes down, your business is in a world of hurt. So, getting the details on a potential web hosting provider’s reliability should be the first thing you do. While no provider can guarantee 100 percent uptime, you want one whose number is very close to that. Also, what plans do they have in place for keeping servers powered up in an emergency?
  2. Monitoring and support. Does the provider monitor the server where your website resides 24/7/365, including holidays? And how do they handle support inquiries? These two issues are critical when it comes to ensuring uninterrupted operation for your website.
  3. File backup. Does the web hosting provider back up your files? You should, of course, have your own archive of your website files, but the provider should be backing things up regularly as well.
  4. Expansion potential. Be sure that a provider can not only handle your needs now, but can accommodate you if your company and website start growing exponentially. The last thing you want is to have to move your website to another provider a year from now.
  5. Server features. Does the provider offer Linux servers, Windows servers, or both? Be sure that whatever type of processes your website will need to perform can be handled properly.

The More You Know…

These are, of course, just some of the questions you should ask a potential web hosting provider. However, the answers you receive will be a good indicator of whether you want to learn more about them.

If you have questions about our web hosting services, we’re happy to answer them. Complete our website Contact Us form, stop by our facility, or call us at 800-935-6527.



Find Out Why FRII is the Best VPS Provider in Northern Colorado!

Best VPS ProviderAre you outgrowing your dedicated server for your small business? Then it may be time to look into the best VPS provider in Northern Colorado. Here at FRII, we provide the best dedicated virtual server hosting for your business at a moment’s notice. We know that you might be in a situation where you aren’t quite ready to purchase a high-end dedicated server and that is why a VPS provider offering a quality web hosting solution could be the best fit for you.

One of the best advantages of having dedicated virtual server hosting is that while you are using a shared server, you are sharing a server with considerably fewer sites per server. So you can rest assured knowing that your site won’t share resources with other sites on the server and your site lives on its own part of the server, with its own operating system, stand-alone storage, dedicated RAM and a personal data limit. This is what allows us to keep the performance up and the cost down for your VPS solutions.

While most VPS providers make you use the operating system that they already have installed, we have fully customizable options which allow you to use Windows or Linux as your operating systems. We also have the functionality to utilize IPv4 or IPv6 connectivity, depending on your preferences.

Lastly, we have 24/7 network operations center support which we believe helps set us apart as the best VPS provider available. You’ll never have to speak to an answering machine or computer when you call in. There’s no room for delay when your hosting service needs attention.

So if you are interested in utilizing our VPS solutions for your business, you can reach us on our website, fill out a form, stop in our shop or call us at 800-935-6527.

Speed Up with Fiber Optic Business Internet by FRII

Fiber Optic Business Internet

Did you know that fiber optic internet can download a 4MB, 4-minute song as fast as 0.03 seconds? Your average broadband 1Mbps speed will download that same song in roughly 30 seconds. Now, let’s consider this example… Imagine that you’re faced with a 10GB file restoration at your business. If you are using your standard 1Mbps connection to restore that, it could take up to one full day to complete that download. When comparing that to the fiber optic business internet we offer at FRII, you can download that exact same 10GB file in roughly one minute and twenty seconds. That is why fiber optic internet is so powerful and a huge advantage for your business if you are facing bandwidth issues.

We believe we offer the best fiber optic business internet in Colorado and that we can fully meet your businesses needs in an affordable and reliable manner. Our systems are also designed to scale with you should your bandwidth needs continue to grow. An added benefit of having fiber optic internet is that signal strength is generally much higher than DSL, Ethernet, or with WiFi. So, you’ll have less down time or dropped connections when your company is plugged into our fiber optic network.

With all of the advantages that fiber optic internet offers to your business, it makes sense to consider it as an option. You’ll experience cost savings into the future and you won’t need new infrastructure. Additionally, you’ll also experience cost savings by less lost time due to slow internet speeds. There really is no reason to continue using antiquated internet options for your business when the future is here. Be sure to give us a call at FRII so we can show you what fiber optic internet can do for you!

Make Sure You Have A Disaster Recovery Plan In Place

Disaster Recovery

What would happen to your business if disaster struck and you didn’t have a disaster recovery plan in place? How would your business survive if you didn’t have an internet company on hand that provided a disaster recovery server to make sure your most important information stayed safe? These are questions you really need to ask yourself if you are moving more of your data into a digital environment and if you are relying more and more on computers & technology to keep your business running smoothly.

We all hope that nothing happens, but we all know accidents happen. It may be a bad storm, it could be water damage, fire damage, mold or you may suffer as a victim of cyber intrusion. This is why it is so important to have a disaster recovery server through FRII. We have disaster recovery plans available so that you will never miss a beat if the worst were to happen. We make sure that you will maintain access to your company records, data, information and anything else you choose to backup on our servers. If you wouldn’t know what you would do if your computers went down or if you lost everything in a fire or storm, then you should look into what FRII has to offer.

We are here to keep you up and running and provide multiple services that you can take advantage of should you ever need to utilize them. We offer a business continuity suite as well should your disaster be more than just hardware. You are more than just a number to us and that is why we believe we offer what is far beyond normal for those companies who utilize us for their continuity plans.

So take a look at the solutions we offer at and let us make sure your business keeps running smoothly no matter what happens.

We Offer The Best Colocation Hosting On The Market

Colocation HostingIf you are looking for colocation pricing, then you probably already know enough about what you expect your colocation hosting provider to bring to the table. That is where we set ourselves apart as the best colocation providers in Colorado. We have put in the effort, invested in the resources and built the customer service needed to put ourselves in a position to be the best colocation provider in Colorado. We want to be able to provide that to you and here is what we have to offer.

For starters, we are here for you 24/7. It doesn’t matter what time of day or what day of the week. Holidays too. We have someone on site and available to help you every single day of the year. If you are having issues with your colocation service, we know you need support immediately and that is why we offer this benefit for you. We want to make sure that you are never down, you never have to leave a message and we want to make sure you never feel frustrated that you wish you were able to get a hold of your colocation provider.

Now, what does our colocation hosting package offer you? A few things to say the least. It allows you to have multiple secure servers to keep your business up and running. It allows you to have your servers in a secured location that has multiple NOC backup power connections and redundant bandwidth connections. So you’ll always be able to connect to your server and never go down.

So if you are looking for a quote on what colocation pricing would look like for you. Give us a call at 970-212-0700 and speak with one of our sales engineers today. We’ll be sure to give you the answers you looking for and recommend the best solution that fits your budget the first time. Call us today!

Weeding Through The Minutiae On Buzzwords and Tech Words


Fort Collins InternetAre you on the cloud? There are so many buzzwords when it comes to the internet, it can be easy to get lost. We use terminology day in and day out, but do you know what the word actually means. We’ve gathered some buzzwords here as your Northern Colorado Internet provider to help you get a grasp on what these words reference.

Cloud – A virtual private server (VPS) where you store your files, instead of having dedicated hardware on location.

VPS Hosting – A place store your information on part of a larger, physical server, aka virtual server VPS. As you need more space overtime you can upgrade to support your needs. It’s a great way to reduce overhead costs and have quality Fort Collins Internet experts by your side.

Dedicated Servers – Computer hardware specifically dedicated to your business’ network. At FRII, you choose the operating system, and daily on-site or off-site backups.

Colocation – Also known as colocation server hosting, a third-party data center, like FRII, where your business has a secure server or multiple secure servers, based off your needs. This is safer option because your data is in a secure, temperature-regulated facility, and you’ll always be able to connect to your server from your business or outside of the office.

Disaster Recovery – Building fires, flooding, hurricanes, and tornadoes can happen. However, it’s more likely to have a server malfunction, then what happens to all your data? Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity solutions at FRII include: colocation, dedicated servers, virtual private servers, and backup business continuity suites.

Internet – WWW (World Wide Web) a global computer network allowing you to connect and exchange information.

WiFi / Wi-Fi – Is an acronym for Wireless Fidelity. Allowing computers, mobile phones and other devices to connect to the internet.

Web Hosting – A data file storage and access place for your website. After you type in a domain, “www,” the internet seeks the IP address and reads the information from where the files are saved or hosted.

Email Hosting – A web hosting service that operates email servers.

Well as you can see, as your Fort Collins Internet provider, we keep our ear to the ground and make sure we know what buzzwords are worth following and which ones are overused jargon. The next time that you are looking at your Northern Colorado Internet options, be sure to check out FRII for all of your internet needs!


Fiber Optic Business Internet

Fiber Optic Business InternetAs your business grows, so do your demands for the type of internet speed that can handle your work load. That is why we offer fiber optic business internet packages for the business who needs a professional level of bandwidth on a daily basis. Our reliable, flexible & scalable fiber optic internet solutions offer guaranteed upstream & downstream data transmissions at speeds ranging from 3Mbps to 1Gbps. Not only that, but our team of experts here at FRII are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should an issue ever arise. We pride ourselves on having a technician available whenever you need one so you never have to wait to have your internet problems looked at.

Why would you need fiber optic internet? Well fiber optic business internet is the fastest form of broadband technology and it offers the greatest speeds of data transmission at the highest quality rates. If you are ever sending data over long distances, fiber optics are superior modes of transmission when comparing to DSL or cable internet. One more feature is that fiber optic is able to scale up in terms of data transmission without many infrastructure upgrades by nearly 1,000 times. This allows you to avoid any costly internet upgrades for decades to come. This is one of the best features of fiber optic internet, it positions you to be prepared for the future without any additional costs when the time comes.

So when you are ready to make the decision to upgrade your internet to something better positioned for the future of your company. Give us a call at FRII, fill out a form on our website or swing by our office. We would be happy to talk to you about how fiber optic internet can help you now and in the future!

Colocation Pricing

Colocation PricingIf you’ve determined that you need colocation for your business, then you are probably in the next step of the process, which is figuring out colocation pricing. We understand that the current position you are in is one that requires not only the right budget but the right capabilities to make sure your growing business can grow and be protected properly.

We determine our colocation pricing based on a few factors that you can feel comfortable in discussing with us. We want to make sure that you know you have access to our expert technicians 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It’s important for you to know that we use redundant bandwidth connections as well so you’ll always be able to connect to your server for your business. Our team of top-notch colocation solutions running on our redundant system will be sure to keep you up and running no matter what the situation is. That is the type of service that you need so you have peace of mind.

When we build out colocation pricing quotes, we make sure that not only is it the right fit for you, but we want to make sure that the program can scale with you as well. We know that where you are today is not where you’ll be in five years and the easiest transition to handle your needs down the road is the best approach that we believe in. The more data you have, the more trust you need from your colocation provider and that is why we are in this business. To make sure that you’ll never lose a single piece of information that your business relies on.

If you’re interested in renting space on one of our collocated servers, email us at or call us at 970.212.0700 and we’ll get a custom quote for you!