If you are anything like me, you like to sleep, like your coffee well mixed, are fond of you dog and have no idea what colocation is. Sounds like some sort of living arrangement right? Not exactly.
What is colocation:
Assuming you are not an IT expert, colocation is not something you may have heard of. Any organization that uses a website either has its own server (a sort of computer which is made specifically to store a website) or rents it from someone else.
If your business or organization is one with their own server, colocation is something beneficial for you. It basically means that you have ownership of the equipment used (including the server) but it is stored, looked after and operated by someone else at a location different from yours. Its easier to understand the concept if you take the analogy of money. While you may have cash with you all the time, you probably store some amount in a bank as well.
Ok, assuming you understand my explanation of colocation, you are probably wondering what is the benefit of colocation to you, right?
Benefits of Colocation:
Here’s the deal: Servers are, like any other machine, prone to risks. They can get corrupted, overheat, catch fire, be stolen or damaged in a plethora of other ways. This is dangerous for your business because in today’s age, most business is conducted electronically. All your company emails, customer data, financial information, employee information and a lot of other vital data are all handled by your company’s server. By engaging the services of a colocation provider like Coloco.net, you have many different services available to you.
For example, there are professionals monitoring your server around the clock to ensure it is working properly. Colocation providers also have proper security arrangements in place for both your equipment and your data so that any potential failures do not adversely affect your business. You are also safe from the hassle of adding or removing hardware components as business requirements increase or decrease since the provider takes care of that for you. Finally, the cost is lower since you do not have to employ people specifically to manage or guard your equipment.
So if you are one of the guys who makes the decisions for your company, how about considering colocation for your company as well?