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Colocation (sometimes spelled collocation, co location, and co-location) is the provisioning of server space for a customer’s telecommunications or computer equipment at the colocation hosting providers’ premises; also know as a data center. Colocation Hosting, Colocation Services, and Server Colocation Providers offer different space options for a full range of colocation hosting needs.
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Server Colocation is simple to define. Your company supplies the server(s) and the data center provider offers the appropriate rack space, redundant power and Internet bandwidth. Colocation pricing is priced on a monthly or yearly basis and it is based on the amount of rack space, power and Internet consumed. Most colocation providers offer base packages which include a certain amount of rack space, power and bandwidth. A few samples packages: Full Cabinet (44U), single 20amp 110v power and 10Mbps burstable to 100Mbps. Half Cabinet (22U), single 15amp 110v power and 5Mbps burstable to 100Mbps.
The 5 Ws of Server Colocation
Who – Who uses server colocation? All types of companies and individuals use server colocation. Typically, clients with in house technical expertise prefer server colocation over other forms of hosting options. Along with the data center benefits (redundancy and uptime), server colocation allows technical savvy firms to manage their own equipment in a stable and redundant atmosphere versus hosting them internally. SMBs prefer server colocation because it allows them to concentrate on their core business elements and NOT waste time and money managing a data center room. Enterprise companies prefer server colocation because it allows them to move certain applications and software packages outside the company’s internal data center for improved security and uptime benefits. Even the US Government has taken advantage of server colocation. There are plenty of data centers and colocation options in the DC and northern VA area to choose from. Check out our Colocation Virginia page to learn more about hosting services in the DC area and to see a list of available data centers!
What – What are the main types of server colocation? Server colocation comes in a variety of different options. Single server colocation for per U servers, tower servers and PCs. Partial racks come in ¼, 1/3, and ½ rack increments. Full racks and cabinets are typically 42 to 48U in size. Private cage colocation typically starts at 2, 4, 8 and 10 rack increments. Custom private cages and custom suites are also an option for larger companies looking for more space with custom features like office space, disaster recovery space and more “elbow room.” One of the most popular and cost-effective locations to colocate network gear is in Dallas, TX. To get competitive rates from the most qualified providers in Dallas, TX, check out our Dallas Colocation page!
Where – Where can you find server colocation? Server colocation can be found all over the World. Large telecommunications companies such as ATT, Verizon, Equinix and Century Link offer colocation services all over the US and abroad. Local and Regional colocation providers such Hosting.com, Expedient, Xand, IO and QTS offer colocation space all over the US in tier 1 cities like Boston, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Denver and Los Angeles. Colocation can also be found in smaller tier 2 cities like Birmingham, Fort Worth, Santa Clara and Tampa but you need to research a little harder! Check out our free white paper on the ten tips to find a colocation vendor.
When – When do you need server colocation? The answer is rather simple. Have you outgrown your existing server room? Have you experienced power issues or Internet downtime at your office data center? Are you concerned that too many people at your office have access to your critical server infrastructure? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, it may be time to look for a colocation provider. In the Summer of 2012, Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc on the East Coast. QuoteColo assisted multiple companies in finding a safer home for their critical IT infrastructure. New Jersey was a far better option than NYC when the storm moved inland. To learn more about New Jersey Colocation and to see a list of NJ data centers, please visit our New Jersey Colocation page.
Why – Why would you use server colocation services? Besides the benefits of better uptime, cost-savings and redundancy, server colocation will allow you to focus on your core business instead of managing a server room. Colocation is very similar to living in an apartment or condo. The association takes care of all the exteriors – lawn cutting, snow removal and general maintenance and you lease the space for a monthly fee without all the associated headaches. You live (collocate) in your preferred location and go about your business (manage servers) for a monthly fee! Plenty of our Georgia based clients have successfully migrated to a Atlanta Colocation provider for better reliability and uptime. Read our Atlanta Colocation page to learn more about the colocation options in and around the metro Atlanta area.
The 5 Ws of Dedicated Servers
Dedicated Servers are a server or piece of computer hardware that is leased by a hosting company to an individual or firm looking to host content such as a website, software or application. Unlike shared servers, dedicated servers are dedicated to only one firm or individual and offer better performance and a higher level of security. Data center and colocation providers offer dedicated servers in a variety of packages. Servers can be offered with various operating systems like Linux, Microsoft and FreeBSD. Dedicated servers can be configured to specific client requirements in regards to processor size and speed, memory (RAM) and hard drive space.
Who – Who uses dedicated servers? Most individuals and companies seeking dedicated servers do not have a huge IT staff in house. Instead of managing a complicated server, they spend their time on running their core business. Dedicated server clients prefer the security and performance of a dedicated server versus shared hosting and public cloud options. Some companies use dedicated servers to improve network performance around the world. If a large proportion of their client base resides on the West Coast, they will look for a dedicated server in California to increase response and performance times for their end users. Los Angeles is one of the most popular locations for dedicated servers on the West Coast. Read more about colocation and dedicated servers on our Colocation Los Angeles web page.
What – What are the main types of dedicated servers? Dedicated servers typically fall in to two categories – Self Managed and Fully Managed. With self managed dedicated servers, the client is responsible for the server management and the data center provider manages the server hardware, uptime availability and the data center network. The client is fully responsible for the operating system, software and applications. Self managed servers are recommended for clients with technical experience who want control and autonomy over their server. With fully managed dedicated servers, the client is only responsible for the content. The data center operator will manage all other aspects – server hardware, software, applications, operating system, and network uptime. Fully managed servers are recommended for clients who don’t want to mess with the technical aspects of running a server so they can concentrate on their core business.
Where – Where can you find dedicated servers? Much like server colocation, dedicated server providers can be found all over the Globe. Most tier 1 telecom providers along with local and regional colocation data centers offer both styles of dedicated servers. Finding a qualified dedicated server provider is not an easy task. Many are here today and gone tomorrow. Make sure you perform due diligence in selecting a good provider before making the ultimate decision to outsource your business hosting requirements. QuoteColo offers dedicated server quotes from qualified dedicated server providers all over the world. To learn more about Denver Colorado dedicated servers and to see a complete list of dedicated server providers in Denver, please visit our Colocation Denver web page.
When – When do you need a dedicated server? Has your shared hosting provider let you down with poor performance and downtime? Do you no longer have a key IT person to manage your server? Do you need to reach a specific subset of clients in a certain geographic region? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may need a dedicated server!
Why – Why use a hosted dedicated server? The main reason clients use a dedicated server is to avoid the headaches of managing server hardware and a data center network. A couple hundred dollars a month may seem a lot compared to shared hosting but can your online business continue to suffer from poor performance and downtime?
The 5 Ws of Managed Hosting
Managed Hosting is a little harder to define. Ask five different people what it is and you will most likely get five different answers! Our definition of managed hosting is simple – Managed hosting is when the data center provider manages every piece of the hosted puzzle – servers, operating systems, applications, software and data center network. Managed hosting can be done on a shared, dedicated or collocated server environment and typically includes managed services such as security, back up, storage, load balancing, DBA and clustering.
Who – Who uses managed hosting? Similar to fully managed dedicated servers, managed hosting clients come in all shapes and sizes. SMBs like managed hosting because it is a monthly cost versus a fixed cost. Most small companies start with an idea and don’t have time to purchase and configure the server network. Larger companies use managed hosting for segments of their businesses that need to be outsourced due to security or compliance concerns like SAS70, HIPAA, PCI and Sarbanse Oxley. Other companies may migrate to a managed host because they lost key IT personnel because of downsizing or staffing changes. QuoteColo has assisted hundreds of companies looking for a managed host in the New York area. Go to Colocation NYC to learn more about managed hosting and managed colocation in the Big Apple!
What – What are the main types of managed hosting? For this piece, we will discuss two types of managed hosting – Managed Hosting and Managed Colocation. Managed hosting is when the provider supplies the server hardware and they manage all of it and the data center network. Managed colocation is when the client supplies the server hardware and the data center manages the client owned servers and the data center network.
Where – Where can you find managed hosting? Managed hosts are all over the place but finding a qualified one is very challenging. Companies such as Rack Space and GoDaddy have been around for years and offer stable plans at fair pricing. Many clients prefer to work with a host data center provider that is near their office in case problems arise. Many local and regional data centers claim to offer “fully managed hosting” but fail to have fully trained technicians on a 24×7 basis. Most problems seem to come up at odd hours and some managed hosts are not staffed with the most competent technicians late at night. Furthermore, when looking for managed colocation, make sure the data center provider understands your specific equipment and that they offer spare parts onsite! QuoteColo offers managed hosting quotes from qualified vendors all over the US. Read the Boston Colocation page to learn more about Boston Managed Hosting and managed colocation services.
When – When do you need managed hosting? Are you a start up with a great online idea and do not have technical staffing to run server hardware and a data center? Are you a firm that has an existing server infrastructure in place that has recently downsized and lost key technical personnel? Are you a one man shop and sick and tired of managing your in house server? If you answered yes to any of the questions about, you are probably a great candidate for managed hosting!
Why – Why use managed hosting? Along with improving redundancy and uptime, managing hosting allows a client to focus on their core business and not on managing server hardware and a data center environment. In the long run, managed hosting will save your company money because it eliminates the need to train and hire IT personnel.
The 5 Ws of Cloud Hosting
Cloud Hosting is the biggest buzz in the IT world these days. Very similar to dedicated and managed hosting, clients utilize the server hardware (cloud) provided by the cloud hosting company (data center). There are no clouds involved and it does not rain! Compared to managed hosting and dedicated servers, the cloud is very similar. The main difference is that some cloud providers offer scalability and pay as you go options. Server requirements such as processor ram and hard drive space can be scaled up and down within seconds. Pay for what you use and there is no waste or idle capacity.
Who – Who uses cloud computing? All types of companies utilize cloud hosting services. SMBs and startups like the scalable pay as you go model of the public cloud. Large enterprises such as Capgemini and the US Government (NASA) use Amazon’s EC2 cloud infrastructure for some of their applications. The cloud is for all companies – big and small! Some US based companies looking to avoid the recent and strict Patriot Act prefer to have a cloud provider over the border in Canada. To learn more about Canada Colocation and data center cloud options in Canada, check out our Colocation Toronto page!
What – What are the main types of cloud hosting? The cloud typically comes in three flavors – Public, Private and Hybrid. Public cloud hosting is the most prominent. Amazon EC2 and Rack Space are public cloud providers. The Public cloud is a shared environment in which clients can get on demand computer resources such as processor, ram and hard drive. Public cloud is the most cost-effective option that offers “scale up” and “scale down” functionality. Private cloud hosting is a popular option for clients looking for a secure and compliance driven outsourced hosted solution. Like their name, private clouds are dedicated for one company behind a secure firewall and DMZ. Hybrid Clouds are typically a mix and match of both public and private cloud solutions. Many clients prefer to host their confidential information on a private cloud while hosting non secure information on the public cloud. Hybrid clouds can also be a mixing of public/private hosting with an existing colocation or dedicated server solution as well.
Where – Where are all the cloud providers? Just Google the term “cloud providers” and you will come up with over 35 million results. The real question to ask is, “Where can I find a good cloud provider?” Many data centers have jumped on the cloud “bandwagon” and are just there for the ride. Make sure you perform due diligence when picking a cloud vendor. Ask the simple questions about data center redundancy and technical staffing. Remember that the cloud is only as good as the data center that is resides in! To learn more tips about finding the best cloud provider, please check out our free whitepaper. Some clients looking for a cloud hosting option prefer to work with a local vendor in their neck of the woods. The Chicago, Illinois area has been a hot spot for cloud buyers looking for an outsourced cloud vendor. Go to our Chicago Colocation page to learn more about Chicago Colocation and Chicago Cloud data centers.
When – When will you need cloud computing? Is your existing server infrastructure out of date? Are you a startup company considering outsourced hosting options? Do you require a private hosted solution with a disaster recovery plan? Are you running an online business that has seasonal fluctuations in traffic? These questions could go on forever! If you answered yes to any of them, you might be a candidate for cloud hosting.
Why – Why should I use cloud computing? In our humble opinion, we think the public cloud is awesome for developmental work and online businesses with seasonal fluctuations in traffic patterns. Companies that expect 100% uptime should not be using the public cloud. Just Google the term “Amazon downtime” and you will read some real scary stories about how the #1 rated public cloud provider was down for hours at a time. If security and 100% uptime are critical to your business, we suggest the private cloud. It offers great compliance driven features along with the ability to provide a very scalable disaster recovery solution. Hybrid clouds offer great flexibility for those clients looking for a scalable and cost-effective front end (public cloud) site with a secure and confidential back end database (private cloud).
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