Your Guide to Colocation Hosting

Posted by eHosting DataFort on January 3rd, 2019

Today there is a wide range of web hosting plans available to business all around the world, including ones that enable you to run your own web servers off of a dedicated internet connection. One such web hosting option, rapidly gaining in significance, is colocation hosting.

Colocation is a web hosting option that allows businesses, especially small ones, to feature a big IT department without huge expenses. Generally, big-sized corporations have an internet infrastructure that assists them in hosting their own web servers and also maintain a team of IT professionals to handle and design the site.

What exactly does colocation refer to?

Colocation is a type of web hosting that permits you to share someone else’s bandwidth as your own, by placing your server machine in their rack. Although it may cost you more than standard web hosting, it will help make significant savings with respect to bandwidth at your place of work.

To get this working, you will have to take and place your machine set up in the rack of your colocation hosting provider or rent a server machine from them. It is then your colocation hosting provider who will offer IP, power, and bandwidth to your server. From the moment this is operative, you get to access it just like you would access a website with a hosting provider, with the only difference being that in this case, the hardware is your own.

Benefits of colocation hosting

Colocation hosting proves advantageous especially with regards to bandwidth cost. You can place a single server in a colocation facility that will offer you higher bandwidth speed and better redundancy for network connections, at equal or much lower costs as compared to a low-cost limited business-grade DSL line.

Other benefits of colocation hosting include –

Better outage protection: In situations concerning storms or heavy rain that result into long power-cuts, backup generators may not be enough, to keep the server running for all that time. However, when you invest with colocation hosting providers, you are actually paying them for power generators and power backup to help in situations like the ones mentioned above.

The server machinery is your own: If you find that the machine does not have enough memory or is too slow, then you can simply go ahead and upgrade the server. You would not need to wait for your provider to upgrade it for you.

You own the server software: Another great advantage of colocation hosting is that you own the server software here. So, if you were to decide on purchasing new software and installing it, you can again just do it, instead of relying on your hosting provider.

Additional security: Storing and maintaining your server in a secure environment, colocation hosting providers ensure additional security of your machine.

Apart from the above, you get to leave your server functional, even when you move, with colocation hosting. There are also colocation hosting providers who offer to manage your server for you at an additional cost.

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