What is Colocation?
What is Colocation? And why consider it for your business?
Colocation is a hosting option for businesses who want the features of a large scale IT department without the private costs. Colocation is dedicated server hosting (the
server machine is dedicated to your site’s exclusive use) that also allows you to safely share bandwidth with other business servers in secure racks nearby.
A colocation facility consists of temperature controlled storage rooms and a 24-hour NOC (Network Operations Center) staffed with engineers experienced in various monitoring platforms. NOC engineers work as an extension of your team, using tools and process to continually monitor your network alarms and troubleshoot issues as required.
Your colocation company provides IP (Internet Protocol), bandwidth, and power to your server. It generally costs more than standard Web hosting, but less than a comparable amount of bandwidth and redundancy into your place of business. Once it's up and running, you can access it much like you would access a Web site on a hosting provider. The difference being that you own the hardware.
Advantages of Colocation
- The biggest advantage of colocation is the reduced cost for bandwidth. For about the same price or less as standard business class DSL a single server can be placed in a colocation facility that provides higher bandwidth speeds and better redundancy for the network connections.
- Colocation facilities have better outage protection. Generators and backup power protect against long-term outages due to network issues or natural disasters.
- If your business moves, you can leave the server up and running. When you host your own domain, at some point you will have to either pay for two lines to move the domain to the new location or deal with outages while the server is moved to the new location.
- Colocation providers give additional security for your machines with 24x7x365 problem watch and network access in up to date, temperature controlled, NOC facilities.
- Most colocation servers offer a service where they will manage and maintain your server for you for an extra cost. This is especially useful if you don't have IT team members or your office is located far from the provider.
Is Colocation the way to go for my business?
Colocation is also a very good option for the mid to large businesses with the following characteristics:
- Businesses that have a robust Web presence
- Businesses that don't want to deal with (or purchase) network connections, 24-hour network monitoring and operations team, or generators
- Businesses that handle SLAs on a regular basis
- Businesses that heavily rely on intra-office web related communications
Colocation ensures all network operations are uninterrupted and your dedicated servers remain running.