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Colocation hosting or colocation is where a space is rented out to house IT hardware at a data center facility owned by a third party. Bandwidth, space, servers, and equipment can be purchased at these secure data center facilities. Here’s a short list of benefits that businesses can get by using colocation services:

  • Low Bandwidth and Power Costs
  • Redundant and High Speed round the clock network connections
  • Physical safety
  • Compliance badges and certification
  • Long-term scalability, stability, flexibility
  • Expert level technical support
  • Low Bandwidth and Power Costs
  • Redundant and High Speed round the clock network connections
  • Physical safety
  • Compliance badges and certification
  • Long-term scalability, stability, flexibility
  • Expert level technical support

How does Colocation work? 

Colocation facilities provide businesses with floor space and physical buildings, security, cooling, bandwidth, and power. The servers of these businesses are placed in the colocation facility. The spaces of these facilities are typically leased by private suits, rack, cage, or cabinet. Some colocation service providers offer managed services of storage that support the business initiatives of a company.

Pros and Cons

Although the pros outweigh the cons, there are several factors that have to be considered before deciding to opt for a colocation service. Here is a list some pros and cons.

Pros

  • Cost efficient as colocation facilities enable businesses to save on infrastructure investments
  • Reduced amount of downtime and optimal redundancy
  • Improved cyber and physical security
  • Especially designed for computing environments with a high density
  • Constantly backed up by technical support for tactical responses
  • Interconnection of an advanced network serving as a backbone for next generation requirements of computers
  • Facility of scalability to assist businesses in future proofing.
  • Safeguards data offsite and systems deemed to be mission critical, therefore making it ideal for business continuity and disaster recovery.

Cons

  • At times, the distance between the colocation facility and the office of a customer may be long, translating to increased travel costs.
  • In case a colocation provider does not have access to several data centers, the customer may experience outages if their only site goes down (make sure to pick a colocation company that has several locations).

Which colocation provider is the best? 

Although there are several colocation agencies that offer world class services, we recommend coloco.net as it’s affordable, reliable, and fast. Coloco.net provides over 150 GBPS capacity, has no hidden charges, and the systems are always protected by generators over all of their locations.