What The Heck Are “Colocation Servers”?

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You need a server for your business, but you don’t have a large enough need to want to flesh out an entire server room or data center. Instead of putting in a large investment for your IT department, colocation servers offer a good compromise. A colocated server is a server that you own, that another company hosts in its data center.

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Business Benefits of Colocation Servers

Servers take up a dedicated room in your office that could be used for other purposes. In addition, servers operate best when the room is climate controlled. Other business overheads associated with servers include the energy bill, running wiring throughout the building, and having appropriately high speed Internet if you use the server for Internet site hosting. When you go through a colocation service, most of the overhead costs are shifted onto the service instead of your business.

In addition, the regular maintenance for your server is handled by the service. You don’t have to overburden your IT department with additional responsibilities, as you only have to handle the server software problems. The hardware, and any major data center issues, are the responsibility of the service. In addition, there is 24/7 monitoring by the center so you don’t have to keep IT employees on call for major issues. The IT staff are also specialized in network technology, so instead of paying a higher salary to your employees, you have it included in the price of the service.

Another major benefit is hosting your data in a completely separate geographic location from your main office. If a disaster occurs at your main office, you would lose all of your essential business equipment with everything on-site. A colocation service gives you an additional layer of protection by giving you a safe, off-site space for your data. Whether you use it for redundant backup server or for a major website, having your data in two locations helps you mitigate disasters.

Scalability

Colocation services have the facilities and equipment to quickly deploy new servers. If you anticipate a large traffic spike with your Internet traffic, you can have the colocation service deploy additional servers to handle your traffic. The center also has more affordably priced options for its bandwidth, due to the quantity that it deals with. Overall, this makes server colocation more affordable for small and medium sized businesses compared to keeping your servers on-site.

Security Benefits of Colocation Servers

In most cases, you don’t have a completely secured room set up at your business. If you’re dealing with sensitive data, this can be a major problem for data security issues. You can be held liable for data breaches of your customers, so it’s important to know that you have the top security measures. A colocation data center is dedicated to hosting server hardware, so they have security measures in place already. You also avoid easy employee theft issues, as they have no access to the physical hardware and you can control the users who have access to the account.

Author Bio:

+Katrina Matthews is a tech expert and product specialist for RackSolutions, manufacturer of custom racking solutions for businesses! She likes giving data center tips and advice on our blog.