Even though you may own a medium to large sized business, you may not have the floor-space, let alone other facilities required to operate network computers. If you still need dedicated hardware, your best option may involve renting hardware from a colocation hosting provider. As with other managed web hosting solutions, with this options you will never need to worry about the expense and maintenance associated with owning your own hardware. At the same time, you can enjoy all the benefits of a website backed with robust hardware support as well as any in-house networking needs for other parts of your business.
Advantages of Colocation Hosting
In general, you will find three main advantages associated with colocation hosting:
– Cheaper than buying your own equipment. In most cases, all you will need to do is pay a monthly fee in order to secure a dedicated amount of rackspace on the colocation server. Since you will be sharing the machine with other customers, the price tends to be a good bit lower.
– No need to worry about hardware or software upgrades and maintenance. If you think of your own computer as being obsolete within a year, it should be fairly easy to realize that there are also many changes in server technologies. Even though some of the equipment may be reusable, a colocation hosting service will always have more resources than you will when it comes to keeping up with these issues.
– No need to manage cooling, electricity, and data transmission lines. If you have problems remembering to keep your laptop on a cooling pad, or the battery properly charged, then you should appreciate not having to be concerned about these issues when it comes to equipment that is much more expensive and harder to replace. Considering that colocation computers can take up an entire room, you are sure to appreciate not having to be concerned with this and other issues.
Figure 1 : Colocation Hosting Overall Diagram
Disadvantages of Colocation Hosting
In a sense, there is only one main disadvantage associated with colocation hosting. Basically, when you do not own the machine that your files are stored on, it is difficult to control a wide range of situations. For example, if the server fails, or some natural disaster strikes, you will not be able to take any steps on your own to mitigate the situation. On the other hand, if you have no experience with server maintenance, you can at least have peace of mind knowing that technicians at colocation hosting facilities have the experience and training required to manage the situation as quickly as possible.
If your website is even remotely successful, you are going to reach a point where it is going to require some type of dedicated hardware hosting. Rather than buy your own server and TI access, you can choose to rent rack space from a colocation host. Aside from being reducing the need to manage the equipment yourself, you can also enjoy saving a good bit of money. That said, if you want to control every aspect of the hardware and its functionality, this may not be the best option for you.