Colocation gives an office environment a more reliable, faster and more flexible internet connection. A central office connection can quickly become outdated, slow and expensive: by colocating your servers in a dedicated data centre, all these problems can be solved.
Colocation can give an office access to far more bandwidth than it could otherwise afford. This is the main reason many offices opt for colocation, along with the savings relative to other options. A colocation datacentre will most likely have an extremely high speed internet connection with multiple networks. This means the amount of bandwidth available is huge, but as you will only have to pay for what your servers use, you can save considerable expense. The monthly cost is generally less than that of a dedicated T1 line.
Colocation centres offer top grade facilities, which allow them to host multiple direct fibre connections, capable of speeds up to 10Gbps. These are most frequently load balanced or running BGP to allow bandwidth to a fail over circuit in the unlikely event of an issue occurring.
Colocation offers better protection against power failure or outages, often that equivalent to the largest corporate datacentres. There will be redundant power lines, dedicated back-up generators and multiple internet connections meaning there is an almost 100% up time guarantee. Few offices have the ability to run their own back-up generators – and if they do, they will only be viable for around 2-4 hours. Those at a colocation centre are capable of running for weeks at a time, and are far more reliably maintained.
The ability to cool server systems can also be a considerable drain on an office facility. Colocation data centres provide air conditioning for all their machines, and often invest in industrial climate control to keep a stable temperature. This helps to avoid the air becoming too humid, maximising the life span of your technology. The specialist cooling equipment available at a dedicated colocation centre is far beyond that of a standard office, and can make sure your machines run reliably.
Colocation centres are run by professionals with spare parts and technical knowledge on hand, so office staff won’t need to worry about server outages. Many can also manage all your software and hardware for an additional cost, which is especially useful if your office doesn’t have its own IT department.
Colocation also offers increased flexibility for your office. As you own the software within the colocation set up, whatever set of tools you wish to use, it’s just a case of installing it on your own machines. If an office wanted to upgrade the bandwidth of its central connection, this could be a time consuming and costly process. At a colocation centre, this could be done in a matter of minutes. Similarly, if your office moves to a different location, there’s no need to worry about transporting your servers – they can stay safely in the colocation data centre, without needing to be set up all over again.
Security is always a top concern for offices, and so keeping your servers offsite can bring some added piece of mind. Colocation centres offer state of the art traditional security, as well as firewalls and intrusion detection software to safeguard your machines. This means there’s one less thing to worry about in terms of security, something that many offices with expensive IT equipment would welcome.
Outsourcing your server housing can give your office time to concentrate on the important aspects of running the business. With increased uptime, reliability, bandwidth and security, colocation lets an office stop worrying about losing business through disconnection.