Data Center Colocation (Colo)
Redundancy, Flexibility, Support and Connectivity
Colocation facilities, also known as data centers, or carrier hotels, are a type of hosting option for businesses of all sizes who want the features of a large IT department, housed off their own premises. By choosing colocation service, small and medium-sized businesses gain access to the significant bandwidth, carrier redundancy, and experienced technical staff that off-site hosting provides, while sharing the infrastructure costs they couldn’t support individually. Enterprise customers use colocation data centers as disaster recovery, backup, and redundancy sites. Colocation services can range from simply housing server equipment, to leasing fully configured dedicated servers, to building custom data rooms, with or without staff, located down the street or hundreds of miles away.
Colocation centers are a growing market segment for the same reason you buy a commercial airline ticket to take a vacation, but don’t purchase your own Cessna – it’s simply not cost-effective to store, service and maintain your own equipment on such a small scale, when professionals can do it with greater economy and better equipment, on a larger scale. Sharing the data center services – backup power supplies, cooling equipment, and redundant internet access - with hundreds of others minimizes overhead and optimizes communications efficiency for everyone. Large enterprises that have the internal infrastructure to host their own servers and network devices, and have a team of IT professionals, know the cost of providing bandwidth, power, cooling, and security for their network’s equipment at multiple sites. Colocation service offers the ability to maintain a redundant network hub off-site without incurring more infrastructure expense – including personnel.
For businesses whose infrastructure is web-based, such as ecommerce companies, storage service providers and telecommunications companies, colocation centers are used simply as ‘office space’, and colocation providers become outsourced personnel. A colocation provider can afford to bring multiple Gigabit Internet ports, each from a different carrier, to its facility, and often, several service providers will share one colocation center for convenience of interconnection. When choosing a colocation data center, certain items are crucial: backup power generators; a minimum variety of top tier backbone connections; sufficient cooling and humidity control to protect the massed equipment; and a physically secure facility that is monitored 24/7. Depending on what other services you will require of your data center, other factors such as 24/7/365 accessibility to the facility, technically proficient staff, and responsive customer service will make the difference between a quality colocation facility and merely an equipment warehouse.
Be sure that your colocation provider is using the best connectivity options available. A communications specialist at Ethernet, LLC can help you identify the premier Ethernet Service Providers in your area, so you can evaluate your all your options. Carrier Ethernet Service is the most reliable, secure and inexpensive way to connect your place of business to your colocation center, for a budget-friendly solution from end-to-end. EthernetLLC.com partners with Advantix, AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast Business, GTT, Level(3), Mosaic Networx, New Cloud Networks, Telx, Time Warner Business Class, TW Telecom, Windstream, and XO Communications for business services.