Colocation rocks, here are things you should know about it

A quality colocation facility is equipped with specific features designed for housing servers and related IT equipment. A business purchases its own IT equipment, and then installs it in a colocation facility. Once the equipment is installed, the business then relies on the colocation provider to provide general items like power, cooling and Internet connection. A business still maintains control over its servers in terms of the software it installs, and so on. The colocation facility typically provides security and a trained technical staff as well. Additional services, like Managed colocation, and Managed Firewall, they charge extra fees.

Challenges of Private Data Centers and the Benefits of Colocation

Challenges of Private Data Centers and the Benefits of Colocation

There are a number of benefits associated with the use of colocation providers. A private, in-house data center facility requires a substantial investment. Such a facility requires a redundant power and cooling infrastructure. Trained staff also needs to be present at all times to make sure that servers remain online all the time. Security measures must also be in place to protect the equipment and data.

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For a small-sized business, creating and maintaining an in-house data center can be a daunting task.
Moreover, for any company, a majority of the investment should be directed toward core business functions that generate profit. However, in order to facilitate IT requirements, a large amount of investment is often redirected toward that purpose. That is why colocation is deemed as being a much cheaper alternative.

A colocation facility allows a small company to enjoy the benefits of having a large and high-profile IT infrastructure at an affordable cost. A colocation center houses and maintains a number of companies’ IT equipment and data in a secure facility.

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Colocation facilities also offer a solution to expansion needs. The IT requirements of companies can grow over time, most often as the company grows itself. In such circumstances, companies that have their own private data centers can find themselves in a fix. In-house data centers were often created to house only a fixed number of servers. Once that limit is reached, there is not much that can be done except find another location or try to create more space. In turn, a colocation facility has generally been built to accommodate the growing needs of its clients. If a company wants to install more servers, all that it needs to have to do is inform the vendor, and the facility will make it happen.

Similarly, upgrading technology can also be difficult in regards to private data center facilities. IT technology is evolving rapidly all the time, and the installation requirements of this equipment can also differ. Colocation facilities are designed with features that have the ability to support new technology and equipment upgrades. Therefore, a business just has to sell off its old equipment and install the upgrades that it desires. The colocation facility will even facilitate the transfer of data.

Consequently, it can be said that colocation is the future of the IT requirements of the business sector.

Do you believe that Colocation will be the spectrum of business functionality in the future?

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Olawale Daniel is a business builder and psychologist, a network marketing professional, a world-class motivational speaker, a successful internet entrepreneur and a digital media strategist interested in all things mobile and digital — start-ups, media, branding. He started TechAtLast back in 2010 as a platform to quench his thirst for latest technologies. As a motivational speaker and author, Olawale has published several motivational and personal development books and he's currently working on "SUCCESS AHEAD - Don't Quit" which is billed to hit the stand by Q4 of the year. He writes regularly on his personal website on motivation and personal lifestyle and tips for network marketing success, OlawaleDaniel.com. His latest book on How to Sponsor More People in Your Network Marketing Business is still one of the best sellers in its category. He's presently working as a Health and Wellness consultant at BURN SLIM TRIM Inc., a firm that helps people regain their perfect lifestyle through state-of-the-art recent discoveries way back from nature. He's also the brain behind FOBCourse, a business university for startup entrepreneurs in Africa.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Colocation is a nice concept for any business that wants to grow bigger. I like your writing style Olawale. Its been nice reading your tech blog post.

  2. I haven’t heard a whole lot on colocation data centers before, so this was pretty interesting to read. I can see how having a facility like that would help a small company have exactly what they need without spending too much money on it. While it’d be nice to have an in-house data center, it sounds like going this route may be a better option in a lot of situations.

    • Yes McKayla,

      Colocation makes it easier for startup to minimize cost, save time and resources and maximize profit because the company will be able to focus on what matters instead of trying to do almost everything at the same time.

  3. Having used co-location services before I can say this is a good read. Cloud services offer a way to outsource resources and storage requirements and often smaller companies choose to go cloud rather than use other services.

  4. in Turkey we have fiber internet but the limit of band is so poor indeed, thanks for this post.

    Co- Location in Turkey and we believe it will increase the speed of future business functionality

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