For cost-conscious enterprises, collocation is a viable option. the total cost of ownership in IT is the total cost of the staff and infrastructure to support your business. When crunching numbers to determine the total cost of servers supporting the company’s websites and how that fits into your day to day operations, disaster recovery and business continuity plans, take that one step further to compare those numbers versus colocating your servers in a data center. Enterprises large and small who require robust, secure, always-on environments for their servers should consider colocating their servers into a data center. In a hosted environment the data center service provider ensures your servers are secure while providing regulated temperature environments and conditioned power to ensure maximum uptime.
Typically, data center operators offer solutions that provide space, power, cooling and bandwidth. The protocols are that the client is responsible to provide their own server / communications infrastructure which they wish to colocate. The data center provider simply provides the environment to house your equipment. The client typically is always responsible to rack their own server into the colocation cabinet provided by the data center facility.
Housing your servers in a regular office setting runs the serious and common risk of security threats, power outages and fire, to name a few. As well, managing, maintaining and monitoring your network on a 24/7/365 basis takes time, skill and technical expertise. The most feasible solution is to choose a Data Center with the infrastructure, capabilities and technical expertise to build, deploy and manage your Internet operations. Simply put, colocation means that you own your server equipment and choose to house it in a secure Data Center environment. You retain control of and access to your equipment.
Choosing a Data Center site with 24/7/365 on-site network engineers that have proven experience in installation, repair, monitoring, replacement and configuration removes the need for you to make regular trips between your office and your equipment. However, few Data Centers provide hands-on support for their customers. In fact, most won’t even touch your equipment.