What do I need to know about colocation?

Among the biggest concern in hosting and in operating a web site is the location and the structure where your servers are to be located. This is a major concern since it could spell the difference between huge savings and perhaps, profit in your website’s operation. It could also mean huge losses in terms of spending a large overhead expense without the possibility of return of the investment because of constant threat of regional disasters, power outages and slow internet connection.

Colocation, where a website’s server is placed in a rack that is installed in a structure owned by the service provider is among the best solution for the problems on space, security, power and internet connection requirements. This means that you need to rent a space in the rack where you can place your server and where the ISP provides the power, security and bandwidth requirements for your servers, at a price, of course.

Colocating your servers to a more stable structure, with better security and faster and more stable internet connection would be a good move.

What are the types of colocation services?

Typically, there are two main types of colocation services. These are:

  • Colocated Server Services – In a typical colocation facility, the website owner owns the server, which means that the service provider only provide the space, the power, cooling system, the bandwidth and the security. Either you bought a new server or you simply transferred the server to your rack space, the fact is you are the owner of your server.
  • Dedicated Server Services –  In cases where the company does not have their own server, some colocation providers offer to build the servers for them, which basically means that the client not only pays for the space, and the bandwidth, but shall include the server as well. This naturally comes as a more expensive option than the collocated server but the good thing is that your package includes the hardware and the software plus the space and the bandwidth.

Why should I need to collocate?

There are a lot of reasons and considerations why companies need to collocate. Aside from the concerns of a growing need for space for a growing business, companies need to colocate because they are often beset by concerns that could cause them losses and potential risks if not addressed. These concerns include:

  • Preparation and protection against disasters. This is especially true to websites constantly beset by power outages caused by storms, typhoons, snow and other natural disasters as well as man-made disasters such as fires.
  • They need the flexibility and the space to grow into as their business grows.
  • Service reliability and uptime. Downtimes cause great losses and could also become a reason for clients to move to other websites.
  • Site Security – Websites need to protect their data from loss or damage caused by malicious attacks, threats and theft. Colocation sites enjoy the protection of a physical security complete with security cameras plus the firewall in place and the security suite that protect servers against possible attacks.
  • Savings and Cost Management – Although the overhead expense may be high with colocation expense, such amount is nothing compared to the cost of building and operating an in-house data center. Think about the amount you save from the expense that should have gone to constructing or renovating your data center while at the same time enjoy the services of a top-quality facility at a fixed monthly cost.

Is colocation right for me?

Colocation is the right choice for companies, especially small businesses, who wants to enjoy the same facility enjoyed by big companies but without the need to spend much for the infrastructure. It is very beneficial for companies who wants to stay in control of their hardware, enjoy better double security benefits, more room to grow into and most of all protect their hardware and data from possible loss due to natural and man-made regional disaster. If you count yourself among these companies, then colocation is right for you.