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Server colocation has become one of the essential services in the IT industry, with many companies and businesses opting for colocation server hosting. The Server colocation provides one of the most reliable and affordable server colocation services in the UK with proper infrastructure.
However, this article is for people who want a bit more information on server colocation and how it is different from other hosting services.
The internet has become an enormous marketplace, especially in the last two decades. Over the past decade, hundreds of thousands of people went online every day for the first time, and in 2020 statistics indicate that hundreds of millions of people are surfing the internet daily. People will mostly surf the internet for entertainment, information, and sometimes people buy off services and products online. These reasons lead to different companies and businesses making their online presence to target their specific audience to scale their organization to great heights.
To make an online presence, a company will need either a web hosting service or their IT-based hardware (mainly servers), allowing them to run and connect their web system to different people across the internet. These servers can either be single physical servers found in the corner of some room of the organization locked in a cabinet. Or there can be entire rooms dedicated to housing multiple towers of servers with proper infrastructure. Regardless, managing and housing physical servers are not an easy task, and it is a budget-friendly task to accomplish. For such reasons, server colocation has become an essential service in the IT industry.
Before we can get to the advantages and disadvantages, let us answer the question; what is colocation web hosting?
Colocation hosting or server colocation is a service provided by a data centre facility where the data centre will allow you to lease physical space to house your physical server hardware for a nominal fee. The data centre facility will provide the entire infrastructure of all the resources needed for your physical servers to perform optimally. These resources primarily include; proper power supply to your hardware, adequate network bandwidth, power and data backup framework, a team of highly skilled individuals in their domains, disaster management protocols, physical space for your hardware, additional physical and network security measures, and air conditioning. The data centres will guarantee that your servers will be performing optimally and have maximum uptime even in case of any unforeseen events such as power outages or fire disasters. The data centre will also provide additional physical and network security on demand if you have sensitive data on your servers.
Server colocation has become popular in the last decade because it is an incredibly cost-effective solution to housing and managing the physical hardware on your organizational premises. Depending on your hardware's scale, you might need to build a separate facility dedicated to your physical servers with proper resources, as mentioned above. That would alone cost you a lot; furthermore, you might also need to hire a team of professionals in different domains to manage your hardware, which would add to the overall costs. So server colocation is a smart choice for every business or company, especially for medium-scaled ones. These data centres provide a cost-effective solution because they house multiple organizations' IT hardware in their data centre facilities, so the overall costs of managing the hardware get divided among different organizations.
On the flip side, web hosting services also allow companies and organizations to have an online presence. Dedicated server hosting is among the most popular ones among medium-sized businesses and companies. There are other web hosting services, such as shared web hosting and the VPS web hosting service. The main difference between dedicated hosting and colocation hosting is that the hardware is yours in colocation hosting. You're just leasing the data centre's space and services for your hardware to run at an optimal level. In dedicated web hosting, you are leasing an entire physical server from a web hosting service provider to run your workload. You will need to physically move the hardware to your nearest data centre facility (ideally). In dedicated web hosting, you will lease the server from wherever in the world you want.
Generally, the companies with a long term plan are advised to invest in their hardware and get it housed in the data centres. Having their hardware allows them to have full control, independence, and authority over it; you can incorporate changes to your hardware as you want. On the other hand, you still have control over the server's resources dedicated to your web system in the dedicated service. To add changes to your server, you will be asked to make changes to your hosting plans. The dedicated web hosting generally costs less than the overall costs of buying your hardware and having a collocated hosting. However, the colocation hosting pricing itself costs a bit less than the dedicated web hosting service.
Server colocation has different types, and the most common one is the single server colocation. The single server colocation has different tiers such as 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U, and 5U, with 1U colocation service being the most popular among the small businesses.
The Server colocation is among the most reliable colocation hosting examples in the market of the UK. We provide incredibly cheap colocation hosting solutions with the most reliable infrastructure for your hardware. Other than colocation server hosting, our partner services also provide excellent web hosting services for businesses of every scale.