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5 Things Every Business Should Know About Colocation Hosting

Colocation server hosting

Colocation server hosting, colo hosting, is the modern way to house your data server. With colo hosting you get a well trained IT staff that cares about your connectivity and a safe space to house your servers. If you are thinking about colocation here are five things you should know:

  1. Colocation Hosting: Colocation hosting is like “co-working” for your servers. You own your equipment but use a third party to house your data center. It may be a shelf, room, or a whole warehouse, depending on the storage needs of the company.
  2. Colocation Hosting: Colocation hosting is like “co-working” for your servers. You own your equipment but use a third party to house your data center. It may be a shelf, room, or a whole warehouse, depending on the storage needs of the company.Colocation Hosting Providers: Colocation server hosting facilities provide cooling, fully redundant power systems, IP address, and the bandwidth necessary for a company’s network needs. The location provider equips the user with all the support needed in-house. All you need to worry about is turning on your computer.
  3. Colocation Hosting Providers: Colocation server hosting facilities provide cooling, fully redundant power systems, IP address, and the bandwidth necessary for a company’s network needs. The location provider equips the user with all the support needed in-house. All you need to worry about is turning on your computer.Colocation Hosting Services: Colocation server hosting is scalable. If you have a heavy usage, the host can expand the services. If you have a slow season, you can scale down. This model is a flex model you can use as your business fluctuates its data needs.
  4. Colocation Hosting Services: Colocation server hosting is scalable. If you have a heavy usage, the host can expand the services. If you have a slow season, you can scale down. This model is a flex model you can use as your business fluctuates its data needs.Colocation Hosting Pricing: Colocation server hosting is easy on your wallet. You do not have to include building a growing data center in your office. The infrastructure is a pay-as-you-use service. If you expand, just buy more space at the center.
  5. Colocation Hosting Pricing: Colocation server hosting is easy on your wallet. You do not have to include building a growing data center in your office. The infrastructure is a pay-as-you-use service. If you expand, just buy more space at the center.Colocation Hosting for Disaster recovery: Downtimes can be crucial to biz ops. Disaster is severe if it shuts down your servers. If you have a Colocation sever, you can rely on the IT team to keep you up and to run. You can have seamless connectivity. The Colocation server has a backup plan for these moments. You can trust they are working to keep all their clients connected.
  6. Colocation Hosting for Disaster recovery: Downtimes can be crucial to biz ops. Disaster is severe if it shuts down your servers. If you have a Colocation sever, you can rely on the IT team to keep you up and to run. You can have seamless connectivity. The Colocation server has a backup plan for these moments. You can trust they are working to keep all their clients connected.

Ask your local provider at FRII about collocating hosting opportunities and pricing. Put the best IT team to work and let them take care of all your colo hosting.

Next generation Internet

Fiber Optic Internet

Have we outgrown our Internet?

Are there options people have for usage other than the current options available to us today? What happens when all the members of the city reach its maximum use of the Internet with the current systems in place? We live in a world where we are dependent on Wi-Fi for almost everything we do. From work to play, the Internet in the communal heartbeat that keeps us going. Soon everyone will everyone be on Fiber Optic Internet.

We have shifted into the digital revolution.

Every business depends on internet and our way of work has shifted from the factory model of making products to technical solutions. In America our corporations produce very little goods compared to a few decades ago, and the companies that have products are utilizing the internet to have them sourced across seas. People are creating their own online businesses to sell their niche products. How much Internet does that use?

Home use is astronomical with gaming, remote working, and streaming TV.

American gamer claims in 2016, there are “1.7 gamers in every house and two hands on every controller. Moreover, “Online gamers spend 6.5 hours a week on average playing with others.”

Remote working includes accessing servers and files across our internet connections and sending a plethora of emails.
Our last blog talked about TV streaming habits. On a monthly average, we are streaming 76 hours and 55 minutes per month.

Holy Wi-Fi, how do we maintain this high use?

Fort Collins is proposing a broadband network.

This could mean private entities partnering with the city to provide you Fiber Optic Internet. FRII has already made it a point to Get Fast. FRII’s fiber ring utilizes existing Platte River Power Authority underground cable to enable the fastest, most reliable network in Northern Colorado. Our self-healing 10 Gigabit fiber rings provide your enterprise all the speed you need. Plus, our redundant fiber terminates from several rings at our local facility to ensure connectivity in the event of a fiber breakage.
Keep up with your Internet demands by making the switch to the future of Fiber Optic Internet. Learn about Getting Fast >

Changing the Face of Regular TV

New face of TV

The way we view TV today has changed. If we think of a traditional TV Viewing, we may think of a DVR, cable boxes, and cords that connect us to one network. We are limited to the channels the network provides, the times that are scheduled and the places that we watch the tube. The lifeline is in the cable box. This legacy model is dying and “Traditional TV” viewership is declining across generations. Now you have access to TV anytime, anywhere. Commercials are shifting to Product Placement vs. traditional advertising. A la Carte services allow you to be selective in what you watch. The Future of TV offers a more interactive experience. Internet-based streaming alters the face of regular television.

Traditional TV” viewership

Each year Nielsen releases an audience report about how people view TV.
Here is the breakdown of age demographics on how much TV we consume:

  • Teens (12-17) watched 14 hours and 18 minutes of traditional TV per week in Q2, a rather large 13.5% drop year-over-year and a 36.2% contraction over the past five years;
  • Older Millennials (25-34) watched 20 hours and 56 minutes per week in Q2, a 5.5% decrease year-over-year (up from 3% in Q1) but a more expansive 25.6% drop over five years;
  • Gen Xers (35-49) watched 29 hours per week, just a 1% decrease year-over-year but a 12% decline over a 5-year period;
  • Adults aged 50-64 watched 40 hours and 18 minutes per week, representing a 1% increase year-over-year, but a 1.9% drop over five years; and
  • Adults aged 65 and older watched 48 hours and 38 minutes per week, up 1.2% from the previous year and up by 5.1% over five years.
    Is a network limiting us?

Anytime, Anywhere

TV of the past was a fixed element in the home. Whole rooms in homes are entirely devoted to TV watching. With a shift in technology and handheld devices, you can be anywhere and catch the latest film or series. You do not even have to be sitting down. The same device that keeps you connected to the world through social media, email, or face time, is all you need to tune in.

With that in mind, you can also have a debate from across the world about the Walking Dead episode that has you so heated. The people you share the experience with can be global. The boundaries are broken down with the rise of our virtual TV viewing experience.

Custom Wireless Services are customized for your usage, they are reliable and fast. Every point in your home can be capable of streaming high use data.

Product Placement vs. Ads

A big pro bono to streaming is no commercials. Companies still want an opportunity to promote their latest and greatest products, so ad placement is on the rise. Ad placement taps into your subconscious. The products no longer have one-minute segments to scream about how great they are. Now the film producers can choose sponsor alignment that is in accord with their audience base. You will see more Mac users, Coke drinkers, and Nike wearers and less 30-second pitches.
This is also an opportunity for a more grassroots effort from product companies to use the TV to promote and market items to the world.

Pay What You Use

The TV of the future is a “Personalized Experience.” Suddenly you have the power to subscribe to the services you like. If you only watch HBO, then you get their service. Devices like Roku help you have the streaming channels you use all in one place. You no longer have to sift through endless insignificant channels just to find the very thing made for you. You know what you like. Streaming with makes it easy to access that one thing and leave the others behind.

We all have our favorite things, and we want complete access to it whenever and however we like it. The TV of the future serves up a delightfully satisfying experience that you create as a viewer. It is yours to create, and it is yours to explore.

The Future of TV

Virtual Reality is going to take TV to a whole new level. Imagine yourself in a world of interactivity while streaming your favorite episode. With the rise of VR, it will immerse you in your favorite episodes. It will transport you into the screen with fellow minded viewers from across the globe. You all move through the storyline together. You are interacting with the characters.

To maximize the experience Virtual private servers can be set up in lieu of a physical server. This will grow and expand with your VR options.

The TV of tomorrow will be participatory. Internet-based streaming is changing the act of viewing TV. We no longer are being fed the stories and have to watch and sit. We will react, interact, participate and do. We will be involved and we will feel. It will be both a physical and emotional experience.

Our options are vast, and with the widespread connectivity of Internet-based streaming, we have more freedom in the way we view TV. In theory, everything can be Internet based, your cell phone, your radio, your refrigerator, and even your glasses. This is continually shaping the way we consume media and the media we consume.

The future experience of TV viewing is pleasurable and interactive. No more time barriers, no more commercials, no more network control, only more and more connection to the things you love most.

Binge watch away!

Get FRII Residential Internet to stream all of your TV. We don’t charge you for downloads like some of our competitors. Just email sales@frii.com or call 970.212.0700.

From Concept to Reality: 20 Years of Connecting Communities

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 3.48.48 PMIn the spring of 1995 Brad Ward and Andy Neely were closing in on the end of their college careers at Colorado State University. With that, came the unfortunate reality of losing access to their school internet accounts. With no options for fast, reliable residential Internet Service Providers in Fort Collins, the two visionaries took it upon themselves to start a company of their own.
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What is Fiber?

What is “fiber” Really?

Fiber Optic Cable

In a world of ever expanding technologies, many new hype or jargon words can be thrown around that don’t necessarily come with an easy or readily available explanation. One of those words that you might have heard lately with regards to technology is fiber. While we all know and have used the word fiber when talking about clothing or dietary supplements, do we know what fiber stands for when speaking about technology? Continue reading

What is the Cloud?

What is “the cloud” Really?

Cloud

We have all seen the TV commercials boasting about the speed and reliability of the cloud, but what s it really? Essentially, the cloud is nothing more than an abstract idea for hosting files on the Internet. Put another way, it is the idea of accessing something on the Internet rather than a physical object. A good example of this is file sharing programs like Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud. Instead of physically moving files over like you would do with a flash drive you can have the same effect but over the Internet. Think of it as a digital locker where you can put your photos and emails and via them from any computer with an Internet connection.

Read on to learn what is the cloud?

People still use dial-up?

close-up image of rotary phone

Although called dial-up, a dial up connection is actually calls out through your computer, not a rotary phone.

When FRII started in 1995, all of our customers were dial-up users. There was no broadband. And we still have many customers on dial-up [1].

Inspired by Verizon’s acquisition of AOL, CNET recently questioned why anyone would still be on dial-up. The answer isn’t that difficult.
So, why do people still use dial-up?

Mysterious email settings: IMAP and POP

A chalkboard is covered with advanced mathematical equations. A man stands facing it, back to us, scratching his head in confusion.

Setting up your e-mail shouldn’t be this hard.

Are you excited about the new laptop you bought? Playing with your new tablet? Well it’s all fun and games until someone gets POP-ed. That’s right: we’re going to talk about POP and IMAP.

Don’t be ashamed that you have no idea what that means; for most of my life I have closed my eyes and selected my email settings randomly and hoped for the best.

Read on. No advanced degree required.