Colocation hosting or colocation is where a space is rented out to house IT hardware at a data center facility owned by a 3rd 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 availing 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
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 (i.e. data center). The space of the data centers are typically leased either as private suits, rack, cage, or cabinets. Some colocation service providers offer managed services 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.
- 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 of power availability
- 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 that are scalable 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.
- At times, the distance between the colocation facility and the office of a customer may be long, translating to increased travel costs.
- You get what you pay for. Meaning, the lower cost data centers typically do not have strong back up powers supplies. Therefore, the customer may experience outages.
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 several generators.