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Every year more and more businesses and organizations choose colocation services thanks to the data center rack space pricing that the service providers are offering to their customers. When it comes to server colocation and data centers, customers have some questions regarding; colocation data center pricing, the benefits data centers have, and the possible downsides. In this article, we will answer some of these questions for the customers, and later on, we will also shed some light on the Server colocation pricing, and the services to the customers.
The discovery of the internet has been the most revolutionary event that has happened to our planet, and it has changed the world. The internet has provided means for connecting virtually billions of people throughout the world. Just in the second decade of the 21st-century hundreds of millions of people are browsing the internet every day. This virtual population of people shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. People are mostly browsing the internet for information, entertainment, connecting with other people on the internet, and sometimes buying things and services off the internet. For such reasons, the internet has become a huge marketplace for companies and businesses to target a specific audience related to their niche to sell their products and services. Companies and businesses need to have an online presence. They can do that by either leasing hardware from a web hosting service provider or having their computer hardware (physical servers) on which they can do raw processing of their web system’s workload. The latter option can give you more control and independence over the hardware than the web hosting service can. However, the main problem is that to maintain and house your hardware, and you need an entire infrastructure and a framework of resources to provide to your hardware and depending on the hardware scale, it can be a task full of hassle.
Server colocation is essentially a service that allows businesses and organizations to house their physical server hardware in a specially built data center facility responsible for managing the hardware. The data center will take the responsibility to provide all the resources required by your hardware to work on the optimal desired rate. The data center has maintained the infrastructure needed for the hardware. These resources include but are not limited to; optimal power distribution and backup, adequate network bandwidth and network security, physical space allocation and physical security, environmental controls such as proper air conditioning, disaster management protocols, and a team of highly skilled professionals. Perhaps the biggest advantage that server colocation offers is the data center pricing, which provides a cost-effective solution compared to housing and managing your hardware on your organization.
The answer might not be a straight forward one as many factors would determine the costs of housing and managing your hardware at a specific data center. But the purpose of this article is to point you out in the right direction to make the analysis yourself according to your requirements. The basic factor that determines the cost of a specific data center is its location; for example, a data center located in Texas, in the United States will cost a bit different as compared to data center rack space pricing UK. Additionally, some other factors that would affect the data center space and management costs are; the power usage per Kilo Watt Hour that will be used by your hardware, server evaluation time per year for your specified timeframe, the expected amount of data transfer per Terabyte in one month, the network bandwidth required by your hardware in Mbps, and further physical security measures needed by your hardware if you have some sensitive data.
The pricing also varies on the different types of colocation services. Although these different types of colocation differ based on the above-mentioned factors, there are still differences to them which are mainly related to the physical space and physical security. The most common type is the single server colocation, which as the name suggests is for a single physical server. There are different tiers for the single server colocation such as; 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U, and 5U colocation. The 1U colocation is the most popular and common among small or medium scaled companies that require hardware that does not do much processing. The 1U colocation pricing is also among the cheapest in the above mentioned single server colocation tiers.
Furthermore, the data centers also provide options for additional space and physical security in the form of Quarter Rack, Half Rack, Full Rack, and the Private Suites colocation services.
If you have done your research prior to this article, you may be wondering; why rack space is so expensive?
Well, we beg to differ here a bit as the rack space pricing offered by any data center is actually not that expensive, and these are the general pricing schemes, and they might vary for the type of the hardware that you currently own. If you make a comparison to housing your hardware at your organization’s premises then you will be surprised at the costs, depending on your hardware, you might be required to build a separate facility with an entire infrastructure mentioned above. Furthermore, you might also need to hire a team of professionals and roll out pay cheques every month, which would cost you additionally. If you visit the websites of the renowned data centers, all of them will have a colocation pricing calculator, which will help you out with determining the costs of housing and managing your hardware at that specific data center.
How much does the Server colocation cost? Our data center rack space pricing starts at £ 21.59/month for the first 12 months for 1U colocation, and for 5U colocation it is £ 86.39/month for the first 12 months.