How Do Colocation Data Centers Work?

What is colocation data center

Colocation data centers are just centralized sites where computer and networking equipment are placed for the purposes of gathering, storing, processing, disseminating, and granting access to vast quantities of data. They have existed in some form since the introduction of computers.

In the days when computers were room-sized behemoths, a data center may have included one supercomputer. As equipment became smaller and less expensive and data processing requirements expanded dramatically, we began networking many servers (the industrial equivalents of our personal computers) to enhance processing capability. We link them to communication networks so that individuals may remotely access them or the data they contain. Large quantities of these clustered servers and associated hardware may be placed in a single room, a whole building, or many buildings. The modern data center is expected to have hundreds of powerful, small servers that work all the time. 

Data Center Colocation

Data Center Colocation (also known as "colo") is a leasing service for commercial clients to house their servers and other essential gear. The service provides shared, secure, monitored, and cool facilities that are perfect for server hosting while guaranteeing bandwidth requirements are satisfied. The data center will provide tiers of services with defined uptime guarantees. 

The data center will provide tiers of services with defined uptime guarantees. 

The choice to relocate, extend, or consolidate your data center must be made with cost, operational dependability, and, of course, security in mind. With these factors in mind, an increasing number of businesses realize that colocation provides the answer they want without the headache of operating their own data center.

Colocation in a data center functions similarly to renting from a landlord: customers rent storage space in the center to house their gear.

What Does Colocation in Data Centers Entail?

Customers seeking colocation services that will support their servers and storage employ a colocation data center. Included in these services are network providers, cloud providers, and businesses. In addition, colocation services include networking, redundant power and cooling components, physical security, and the building in which everything is located. Customers who use these services will be able to combine their everyday IT tasks and lower their capital costs.

Features of Colocation Data Centers

  1. Power

There are backup generators with varying levels of redundancy, battery backup systems, and uninterruptible power supplies for the power supply.

  1. Cooling

Cooling systems, like HVAC, are used to keep the hardware from overheating and causing problems.

  1. Security

Some of these requirements could be having security guards on-site, having a fence around the property, being watched 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and using biometric authentication.

  1.     Scalability

You may increase the number of servers and equipment in the facility, enter a new market, or connect to the cloud.

  1.     Reliability

These services are always available, guaranteeing that your data is always accessible to you and your clients.

  1.     Interconnection

Linked to networks, clouds, and IT service providers to meet the needs of next-generation computing. Integrate and expand your business securely by interconnecting your network, applications, and data.

  1.     Situating

Due to cloud computing and the ease of remote access, your data may exist nearly everywhere. But have you ever considered the physical security of the location where your servers reside? Our Information Innovation Specialist, Jim Pixley, explains: "Factors like natural catastrophe risk, closeness to fire departments, the building's structural soundness, and how simple it is for your personnel to reach the facility are all crucial factors."

  1.     Physical Security 

Even though the need for data security is identity, on-site security is just as vital. This means making sure the building has 24-hour video monitoring, tiered access control, stronger doors and walls, and anything else that is needed to keep people from getting in without permission.

  1.     Network Duplication 

In addition to location and safety, accessibility is an essential factor. Especially for mission-critical systems, it is essential to choose a data center with many redundancy layers. Not only should the multiple network devices be configured to take over if one collapses, but it's also a good idea to use two different Internet service providers. This reduces network congestion and gives users' assurance that it will always be accessible.

  1. Financial Stability 

Before selecting a supplier for your data center, you should investigate their financial history in depth. You do not want them to unexpectedly cease operations and force your company to scramble to establish itself somewhere. You also do not want them to save money on infrastructure by taking shortcuts. " The best approach to determining if a data center is operating efficiently is by examining the company's financial statistics, such as sales, profit, and growth.

  1. Emergency Recovery Plan

It is hard to predict when a calamity will occur. By establishing a robust disaster recovery strategy, your firm can stay one step ahead of a potentially catastrophic crisis. Pixley notes, "This is extremely critical for data centers." "The provider you select should have experts on staff who continually evaluate, plan, and test various disaster protocols."

Benefits of data center colocation

Colocation in a data center may be the best option for businesses of any size and in any sector. The following are the advantages of data center colocation:

  • Uptime
  • Server uptime is a major benefit of data center colocation for corporate enterprises. When a client of an enterprise server buys a certain tier, they are guaranteed a certain percentage of uptime without having to pay for payroll or other maintenance costs.

  • Risk management
  • Utilizing a colocation facility guarantees company continuity during natural catastrophes or power outages. This implies that if the power goes out at your company site, network traffic will not be disrupted.

    Its success hinges on redundancy. Layers of redundancy provided by a colocation data center are significantly more complicated than many businesses can afford in-house. Some corporate organizations may view the off-site location as their primary data storage location, while retaining copies of data on-site for redundancy.

  • Security
  • Data centers are outfitted with cutting-edge security technologies, such as cameras and biometric scanners, check-in desks that greet incoming guests, and credential inspections. To stop people from getting in without permission, these buildings are watched 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, both in person and through the cloud.

  • Cost
  • One of the primary benefits of colocation is that it leads to considerable cost savings, particularly when compared to maintaining an in-house data center. This suggests that for many businesses, renting space from a data center is a viable solution to their ever-decreasing IT expenditures. Colocation eliminates the need to prepare for capital expenditures such as:

    • UPS (uninterruptible power sources)
    •  Multiple backup generators
    • Power grids
    •  HVAC systems (and the ongoing cost of cooling)

    Apart from these upfront expenses, there are also ongoing maintenance costs involved with maintaining and administering an in-house server.

  • Bandwidth
  • Enterprise client servers need bandwidth from Colos to work effectively. With massive bandwidth pipes to support numerous enterprises, data center colocations are poised to serve businesses in a manner that their office location certainly cannot; this is something that is becoming more vital to remote work

    •  Support & certifications

    When your firm partners with a data center colocation, it may be able to decrease payroll expenses by relying on the data center professionals to monitor and fix important pieces of equipment. Enterprise organizations may depend on skilled assistance from trained professionals. 

  • Scalability
  • Colocation allows you to effortlessly extend your IT infrastructure demands as your firm expands. Different industries will have varying space, power, support, and security needs for As your firm's colocation data centers. Regardless, your service provider will collaborate with you to identify your requirements and make modifications promptly.

    Colocation FAQs

    About Server Colocation UK

    Our servers are located in our own data center which is located in Derby, United Kingdom.

    Our data center is located next to Mansfield Road, Derby, UK. We are very accessible.
    Our address is: Suite 18, Parker House, Mansfield Road, Derby, DE21 4SZ

    Tour of our data center facilities is reserved for customers who are looking for colocation services with Data center plus.
    If you would like to visit the data center, we must receive at least 24 hours notice.
    You will also require to bring a form of ID in the form of a passport or driving license. We cannot allow anyone into the data center failing these requirements.

    If you would like to place an order please contact us directly.
    You can contact our sales team directly on 0808 169 7866 or emailing info@servercolocation.uk.
    If you are an existing customer, log in to the site and simply check out after selecting your new service and proceed to payment options. The details of your new service will be added to your account portal.
    If you are placing an order that is an upgrade to your existing one, get in touch with your account manager or raise a support ticket at info@servercolocation.uk.

    Support

    Follow these steps in case of any server issue: Firstly, get yourself a support ticket. For this, please navigate to our support page and enter all the relevant information. Our support team will generate a ticket for you. Otherwise, send your complaint and relevant information at info@servercolocation.ukIn case, you think the issue is critical and time-sensitive call us immediately at +44 133-230-0935 and simply choose the complaint number. Our SLA response of time is only 30 minutes of each ticket

    With remote hand services, you can rapidly respond to disasters.
    Our remote hand's services cover different tasks, including:
    – Rebooting server
    – Connecting and disconnecting cables
    – Check and report on indicators
    – Checking and relying on diagnostic data back to the clients
    In case you need other services such as software installation, we will also serve them to you as an additional service. You may require to pay extra amount for that service. For more information, contact our help centre.

    Support for hardware failure is 24/7/365 on our Managed Servers.
    Most failed hardware components can be replaced within 1 hour (during office hours and subject to parts being in stock.
    Office Hours: 08:30 – 18:00

    Emergency support work