Choosing the Cheapest and Best Colocation Server
One of the most common misconceptions about cheap colocation servers is that they are of poor quality, but this isn’t always the case. Many times, cheaper servers are the same as the expensive ones you would buy on your own, but they are made affordable by a large company who has a huge client base.
Why Datacenters are Cheaper
The first thing to consider is that it is often much cheaper to use a datacenter—also known as a colocation facility—than to attempt to house your own server. There are many reasons for this including the dedicated internet which must be much faster than standard home transmission speeds, the need for sophisticated HVAC technology to ensure humidity, temperature and particulate control, and even ensuring that the building in which the servers are housed is structurally sound and safe from fire, weather and more. Datacenters do all of this from the get-go and charge you a monthly fee to make use of it.
If you are on a serious budget and can’t afford to purchase the servers you need outright, there are plenty of options available to you. Colocation servers can often be purchased directly from the colocation companies themselves, and many will actually lease the servers to you on a monthly or annual basis. In some cases, these companies will even sell you the servers on a “rent-to-own” basis, making your monthly payments actually count.
Choosing a Cheap Server and Facility
When it comes to finding a cheap colocation server, you’ll want to speak with an expert and examine the needs of your business. An expert can tell you what type of server you will want as well as the capabilities it should have. Remember, however, that you’ll need to anticipate the growth of your business; purchasing a server that will become useless in six months is not good for your business’s budget. When choosing a facility, it is often more economical to choose a nearby facility rather than one across the country. This provides you with cheaper access to the hardware, and this can cut down costs even further if you are comfortable with upgrading software on your own.
Cheap colocation servers are not bad servers. In fact, many of them are actually top-notch pieces of equipment. Finding a server—and a colocation facility to house that server—is not a difficult process once you have learned what you need for your business.