Tips for Choosing a Trusted Colocation Server Service

You can find many colocation providers from one internet research. But it could be tricky to choose the best provider from them. Each business may have different requirements. So, you should know yours to find the best colocation partner.

Businesses of different industries have different colocation requirements. A healthcare organization and a SaaS provider will not have similar requirements. Compliance and security measures would be the focus of the healthcare organization. SaaS providers would be more interested in cloud options, uptime, and redundancy. 

There are a lot of pros of colocation. Some examples are scalability, reliability, security, and cost savings. But you have to choose the right provider to enjoy them. So yes, no one size fits all, yet you can keep some basic things in mind while selecting the colocation service.  

Reliability & Scalability

Reliability, availability, and scalability are always the expectations when you go for colocation. Make sure your provider meets them. But the required reliability level may also affect your choice. You will need the highest availability and reliability for mission-critical workloads.           

Reliable design should be the first thing you should look for. Go for the one with many facilities to ensure full redundancy. So even if one experiences an outage, others will take over to ensure you are not down.

Small and mid-sized businesses can enjoy benefits like time-saving and cost-saving. But larger organizations can ensure most uptime and growth. 

Reasons of Failure

It is important to analyze the provider in-depth and find the potential point of failure. To be more specific, you should know about the reliability failure points. Here are some possible reliability failure points:

Building Failure: A lot of physical disruptions are possible. Bad weather conditions and natural disasters are two best examples. Find out the steps your potential provider has taken for physical security. 

Equipment Failure: Check their equipment maintenance procedures.  Also, inspect backup mechanisms they have if equipment fails. It could be a source of cooling, power, and connectivity.  

Hardware Failure: Dependence of hardware on equipment makes it vulnerable if equipment fails. Also, check the protocols for hardware failure.


Colocation would always allow you to upgrade and downgrade according to changing needs. Scaling up brings many benefits and is excellent for you as a growing business.

Network Connectivity & Diversity 

Colocation is not all about racking and stacking your equipment in a data center. The story does not end after the addition of a network connection. Good IT performance needs reliable and redundant network connectivity. So, find the provider that offers a range of connectivity options. It would ensure your business has access to the required applications and resources. 

Also, your potential provider must have carrier diversity in all data center facilities. The importance doubles if you run applications that need redundant network connectivity.


You should know if your organization is subject to regulatory requirements. Authorities like HIPAA/HITRUST, PCI DSS, ISO 20000-1, ISO 27000, SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 may specify them. Ensure that your potential provider helps you meet them. 

You are responsible for remaining compliant, if any. But some providers may also help you by employing many security controls and audits. Prefer the providers that undergo independent audits by third parties.

Has SSAE 18 audited a data center? Does the data center also tell you to check the copies of attestation reports? If both answers are yes, it is one of the best options. It further increases their worth if they also undergo audits for HIPAA and PCI DSS. It shows their dedicated commitment to investing in the security of critical infrastructure. Getting a colocation provider that supports you during the compliance audit is great.


Security is a broad term. It encompasses so many different aspects that beginners feel confused.  They cannot understand what counts as security and what doesn't. It covers the location and advanced security tools for theft and natural disaster. 

Features You Must Look For

Any random person entering the data center without security check-in is a red flag. Tornadoes powerful enough to damage data centers fall under the same category. There must be a mechanism to prevent unauthorized access if someone steals pin code. 

Every colocation provider does offer security. But they differ in processes, tools, and level of protection. You must check the following things:

Secure Physical Location: It should not be in the flood plains. It should be outside of airport landing paths. There has to be a proper natural disaster recovery plan. 

Secure Check-in: A data center must verify the identity of every visitor using a government-issued ID check, key card, pin, and biometrics. 

Secure Tools: It includes many things. Examples are multi-factor authentication checkpoints in mantraps, and badge and keycard access. Cabinet combo locks and video surveillance with archival periods are also relevant.

Secure Staff: Staffing the data center facility 24x7x365 with trained security professionals, access management controls, internal threat protocols, and protection is what you should look for.

Power & Cooling

Find provider that meets the required standard ranges for power, cooling, and humidity. Find one that uses cooling techniques like raised floors. Also, they must use real-time air quality monitoring. Cooling is one of the significant cost factors for data centers. Its poor implementation can make the equipment fail. 

Here is what Cisco Unified Computing System Site Planning Guide for Data Center Power and Cooling says. A hot aisle and cold aisle layout, and a raised floor cooling layout are the best data center airflow management practices.

In most cases, power is the highest cost in a data center. Thus, your total price will decrease if you use a provider with a lower power cost.

Unmatchable Support

Unexpected situations can arise anytime. It would be so relaxing to know that support is always available on phone calls and ticket requests. Ensure that your colocation vendor provides 24x7x365 support for emergencies. Hence your minor issues will be solved before changing into a significant problem. Also, the level of support you enjoy is as good as the experience of the colocation provider’s support team. Try to find those who have skilled staff on-site. They must have all procedures documented.

Colocation FAQs

About Server Colocation UK

Our servers are located in our own data center which is located in Derby, United Kingdom.
The data center is fully owned and managed by Data center plus, giving us the flexibility to work with our customers requirements and provide unrivaled levels of support.

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
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


If you are experiencing issues with your server, we recommend that the first you do is to raise a support ticket with our support team.
This can be done by sending an email to
Alternatively, if the matter is time sensitive, feel free to give us a call on 0808 169 7866 and select the option for Support.
We have a 30 minute SLA response time to any ticket raised.

Remote hands cover requests made within office hours.
Our Remote Hands service covers assistance with the following items:
– Server reboots
– CDROM connect/disconnect
– Cable checks and moving network cables.
– Checking/relaying diagnostics information back to the customer.
If you require services outside of the above (for example, installation of software), we can provide this as part of our Additional Services, which is chargeable. Please contact your account manager or our helpdesk for further information.

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