Colocation Hosting -
co·lo·ca·tion host-ing : Pronunciation [koh-loh-ka-shun
host-ing] – verb (used with object), 1. To locate
voice, Internet servers, or network equipment within an
Internet Data Center for the purpose of allowing
connectivity over the Internet either for external
(customer) or internal company services.
- Things To Consider
What is needed for colocation hosting? First,
you must know what equipment that you want to collocate.
Then, you will need to select a colocation data center.
If the data center does not have premium UPS and
Generator Backed Power you will want to supply a UPS and
make sure your colocation contract has enough cabinet or
rack space for your UPS system. Next, consider if
the data center has on site remote hands. If it
does not, you will want to supply a remote reboot power
strip. Read more about the
Internet data center features and about the various
levels of on site remote hands services that data
When thinking about how to choose a colocation
center that will work for your needs, remember to keep
careful notes. Simple
choices in choosing a data center that sound the same
may make all the difference of having limited or no
downtime and extended periods of server downtime.
Quality on site remote hands services are not all the
same. Fee based remote hands services can easily
cause colocation hosting downtime to last for extended
periods, but having quality remote hands service already
included in your colocation hosting contract can help you
get your servers back up in minutes. This can make
all the difference in the world.
Read more about quality
on site colocation services you should check into
before choosing the hosting location for your servers.
Choosing to select a colocation hosting facility
premium remote hands services will enable you to
collocate at a data center at a distance, in another
state or country, and you will be able to manage you
servers or equipment as though it was local. Often
this will enable you to choose a facility which may also
have reasonable rates for the highest quality services,
saving thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars.
Internet Bandwidth Tier
Colocation hosting Internet bandwidth can be divided
up into different quality by tier and also by service
type that includes if the provider is using true
intelligent routing on their network. Depending on
your colocation hosting service needs, differentiating
Tier 1 and
Tier 2 of the network my or may not matter as
much as the intelligent routing. An important fact
to remember is that for any networks that
Tier 3, even if they use a form of intelligent
routing, the benefit is negated due the limited number of
other Internet networks they connect to directly.
Read more about the differences of
Internet bandwidth quality and how it will likely
affect your colocation hosting service.
Even if a Colocation hosting facility has Tier 1
Internet bandwidth available, it may not be as good of
quality if the network is not using true intelligent
routing on their network.
The final consideration after quality should be
price. Again, it is often the case the Tier 1,
Intelligent routed bandwidth can be found for a good
deal, while Tier 3 bandwidth may cost much more due to
the limited capacity of these smaller, less connected
Data Center Class
Colocation data centers can be divided up by quality
of colocation hosting services and options they offer.
While it sounds like it may make sense that a data
center with less services might cost less, this is not
always the case. The wisdom in settling for a
Class B or
Class C colocation facility just to save money
is not truly a logical argument because not only will
Class A colocation facility cost less for
Internet bandwidth (and thus likely have a lower overall
colocation hosting monthly bill) but it will also save
money in the long run due to the superior uptime.
Read more about the important differences in
colocation hosting Internet data centers. and
how to find the right one for your needs.