Colocation hosting is the placement of your server machine to the location of your colocation provider or in data centres and installing it in their rack. You then share their bandwidth. The colocation provider provides Internet protocol (IP) address and power resources for your server. With colocation hosting you are the one to maintain and control your server as well as you own the hardware. Colocation hosting is expensive than the other web hosting service.
Websites with medium to large sized businesses opt for colocation hosting. These companies who need complete facilities and redundant Internet connectivity choose colocation hosting too. Other users of colocation hosting are the major enterprises, telecommunication companies, and ecommerce sites.
What is a colocation facility?
Colocation hosting has colocation facilities such as fire protection systems that include smoke detectors, fire sprinkler system, a clean agent, and passive fire protection elements such as fire walls.
Other colocation facilities include 19-inch racks for data equipment and servers, and 23-inch racks for telecommunication facilities. It also has cabinets and cages, overhead or under floor cable rack, fibre guide, and power cables.
Physical Security Measures
Colocation hosting providers use CCTV. This can monitor the visitors in data centres and can protect from theft. To allow you and other customer’s access into the data centres you are accompanied by the employee of the hosting company. You also have a pin code or proximity card to access the data centres and the cages or cabinets. They also have biometric security measures such as fingerprint recognition, voice recognition and “weight matching.”
Benefits vs Drawbacks of Colocation
Colocation hosting has benefits that can maintain and secure your website. The following benefits are as follows:
- One of the greatest benefits of colocation hosting is its physical security. This includes video surveillance with CCTV, real-time live monitoring, biometric and badge access, logging, among others.
- Good network and internet connectivity that is very essential for the continuity of your business.
- The provisions of lockable rack cabinets or cages.
- The ample power resources in a variety of formats such as AC and DC.
- The provisions of redundant systems.
- Another benefit is that you have the discretion in controlling your server.
On the other hand colocation hosting has also drawbacks such as paying for additional cost for hiring an IT personnel or technician to operate IT issues and do the troubleshooting in case you are not fully knowledgeable on IT infrastructure, updating and upgrading the hardware, and configuring the software. Another drawback is that colocation hosting is costly. Compared to the other basic web hosting services colocation hosting is more expensive. However it is cost-effective. Another thing is that because of its high level of security you still have to make an appointment before you can visit in the data centres. You also have to travel to the location of your colocation hosting provider.