Good afternoon (or whatever it is for you ;),
We have just finished moving a large amount of equipment to a new facility outside of downtown Chicago. At present we have an uplink via a point-to-point to Equinox downtown. We are preparing to add another provider, and are debating where we should put our router. The two options would be in Equinox downtown (co-located with our existing provider) or at the new facility. Were we to do the former we would turn our existing point-to-point into our connection from our edge router to our distribution switch and add a second point-to-point for redundancy from the distro switch back to the router. Were we to do the latter we would get a second point-to-point direct from our new provider to their network and connect it to our router where it is now.
The major advantage I can think of to having it in Equinox is the availability of cross connects to just about anyone. There are a few providers in the new facility, but not many. The major disadvantage is that if we suddenly need a large amount of transport (i.e. a new large client, a definitive short-term possibility) we would either need to get a new or additional point-to-point from downtown to the facility or would need to get another router to utilize at the new facility (were we to meet up with one of the in-building providers instead of getting the point-to-point transport).
Any thoughts related to the advantages or disadvantages of doing one or the other would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Nobis Technology Group, L.L.C.