Two of the most important aspects of a data center’s success is the availability and business continuity. In today’s growing economy, every enterprise feels the pressure from internal and external demands by the IT sectors. One needs to understand that it is not an easy task to predict the need of the hour and design data centers accordingly. When the key services of a data center, availability and business continuity are endangered, the existing data center cannot shoulder all commitments, it becomes necessary to upgrade the facility.
Every company faces design and location limitations at one point or the other. When an undesirable situation arises, in order to continue with the services, without compromising on the quality, data centers can be upgraded to levels necessary to provide required performance.
A colocation data center can resolve issues of economic crunch and location glitches. Colocation centers are those facilities which provide customers with space for their servers and bandwidth. They house all the hardware, equipments, servers, data storage devices of other firms and connect these to networks across the globe. It literally puts the server in the client’s hands. Colocation is completely different from the traditional hosting although it might be a little mind boggling for new entrants. Hosting providers own the entire hardware and software infrastructure; they only provide space for websites, and services that serve up an application. In contrast colocation customers own their servers and hardware; colocation providers ensure the security of these with efficient power and cooling backup.
Managed hosting limits the ability of a client to customize the server environment. Colocation offers complete freedom to customize the servers. The client purchases the equipments, installs the software, and configures it according to the needs. After the system has been configured it is installed in a space provided at the center. The colo provider ensures a safe IP address, electricity, and connection to the network.
There are more than 400 colocation service providers with a wide array of services and price points to match. Some colo providers (as they are normally called) categorize their customers and prefer to keep their options limited to a particular sector.
Clients who need redundant equipment should look for data center colocation. It also acts an alternative to load balancing solutions. For any client who experiences heavy traffic and usage on a single day, load balancing becomes an important criteria to prevent the server from crashing. Colocation centers provide the necessary space for an effective load balancing strategy. Load balancing goes hand in hand with redundancy, colocation is effective in this regard.
Location is another important criteria an enterprise needs to ensure. Since the clients are the owners of the servers, having a colocation facility close to the workplace is important. Carrier flexibility, when the client wants one separate dedicated carrier line, is also a very important area that one cannot ignore. For this purpose, quality carriers are available.
Colocation facilities are a growing trend in the present economy due to-
- higher reliability due to redundant systems
- full time monitoring by live humans
- lower network latency and higher bandwidth at a lower cost
- Specialist staff, like network and facilities engineers, which would not be cost effective for any single client to keep on the payroll.
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