What is colocation hosting?
In colocation hosting, third-party data centers can lease out network, hardware, and software space, acting as a third-party space for your vital information to be safely stored and accessed. The server security and environment become the responsibility of the third-party storage team, while the client retains ownership of the servers and all associated hardware, software, and stored data.
How does colocation hosting work?
Colocation hosting is an ideal solution for businesses that have all of the hardware and software they need to maintain servers, but no adequate or safe space to place these server rooms. Server rooms require secure storage, carefully maintained temperatures, and protection against the elements.
With colocation hosting, the third-party storage facility handles all of these needs and ensures that the hardware and software are stored correctly. The equipment is then used remotely by the business storing it.
What’s the difference between web hosting and colocation?
The most critical difference between managed web hosting and colocation hosting is that in web hosting, you don’t have full control over the server. Web hosting means you don’t actually own the server; it’s more like you’re renting it to use for your purposes. This lack of ownership and control can be a problem for some business types, so managed hosting is best used for businesses that are less technologically versed or experienced, while colocation is better for businesses that understand current technology, servers, and software.
What’s the difference between a data center and colocation?
These two terms are intrinsically linked, and they’re often used interchangeably depending on context. Broadly speaking, a data center can provide colocation hosting. A data center is a facility with dedicated hardware and software space that leases this space to businesses in need of housing for these tools. Colocation hosting is a specific type of data center utilization that provides you both with space and total ownership of your equipment.
What are the benefits of colocation hosting?
There are many advantages to colocation hosting services:
- Cost savings through skipping the heavy investment that data center infrastructure can incur
- Heightened security, as colocation data centers remain at the cutting edge of data security
- Increased scalability — if you need more space, the third-party team can simply provide it
- Better connectivity and uninterrupted work processes
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