For many business, the monthly costs of dedicated servers are prohibitive, no matter how “cheap” the service claims to be. If you choose to go with the cheapest option you can find, which will still be expensive, you can pay a heavy price in poor services. A lot of people are looking into their options for colocation hosting as possible alternatives to dedicated servers. Co-location, often referred to as “server colo” or “colo”, is a process where you own a server that is hosted at a different location.
There are a lot of different financial outlays that come along with having an on-site server from enhanced HVAC systems to simple storage space. To handle all the physical aspects of owning your own server, this means that you also have to have the expertise and know-how. Unless you want to purchase a second server, we haven’t even mentioned the lack of protection you will have in the event of a power outage or server issues.
With colocation services, you can have the benefits of owning your own server, without having to figure out where to put it. These companies are full fledged data centers that will allow you to “plug in” to their existing framework. You only have to pay a fee for renting the space to be plugged into to the colocation company, and as you own your own server, you are not charged for bandwidth. When compared to hosting your server in your own personal business space, these fees are quite inexpensive.
There is security inherent in a data centers design like fallover capacity in the case of power outages, and generally, for a fee, they will host as many aspects of your server hosting needs as you would like them to. Basically, you can purchase your server and then decide how many aspects of the hosting process you’d like to manage yourself, and you can often “outsource” the rest. No matter where you are, you will have access to your server, remotely, available via an IP address you will be given by the company.
There are a growing number of places that offer these services, whether looking for colocation services, or options elsewhere. A quick web search will show you the range of different options you have to choose from. Do your research and make sure that you choose a trusted data center that can meet all your needs.
Though your initial financial output is going to be greater when you purchase as opposed to rent, the server you own is really yours, meaning you can do whatever you’d like with it, and it will pay for itself in a short period of time. Sometimes you can even find web and server hosting solutions through a colocation company, as they will often sell their extra resources in web hosting packages. Renting from one of these companies is still often cheaper than renting a dedicated server.