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How a Colocation Data Center Works

If your business needs an online presence, there are several options for web hosting that are available to you. You might choose shared hosting or dedicated hosting, but you may also want to consider storing your own servers in a colocation data center. Each option comes with its own set of advantages.

How Shared and Dedicated Hosting Work

Shared and dedicated hosting are great ways for some businesses to maintain their websites. In each case, a service provider owns not only the facilities in which the servers are stored, but also the servers themselves. The business owner simply pays the service provider to host the domain, provide the equipment, house the equipment, and more. Managed hosting is available in either case, and this simply means that the provider will set up, maintain, update and protect the domains that are being hosted by their servers.

How Colocation is Different

Colocation is much different from dedicated or shared hosting in that the colocation data center generally does not own the servers themselves. The servers are instead provided by the business owner and the colocation facility merely provides the building, the electricity, the bandwidth and the security. Everything else is handled by the business owner. However, there are some exceptions to this. As more and more people turn to colocation hosting, companies are offering more diverse services than ever before.

Managed Colocation

Not everyone who owns a business understands what is involved with setting up, maintaining, updating and even protecting a server. While there are some colocation facilities out there that do not provide any managed service at all, others do offer what is known as ‘managed colocation’. Here, the business owner ships or delivers the server to the facility with a specific set of instructions. Then, the facility handles every single aspect of ensuring that the domain or domains are up and running, maintained, and completely protected. Managed colocation is more expensive than standard colocation, however.

While colocation certainly isn’t right for every business, it will serve those who could benefit from a large IT department well. Colocation itself, and especially managed colocation, provides many of the same benefits without the same burden of initial cost.