February 3rd, 2020
What is a Colocation Data Centre?
A colocation data centre often referred to as a ‘colo,’ is any large datacentre facility that rents out rack space to third parties for their servers or other network equipment. This is a very popular service that is used by businesses that may not have the resources needed to maintain their own data centre but still want to enjoy all the benefits.
The term colocation refers to several aspects of this type of data centre. First, the term references the fact that servers and other equipment from many different companies are ‘co-located’ in one data centre. The hardware is usually owned by the company’s themselves and simply housed (and sometimes maintained) by the data centre staff.
It also refers to the concept that a company can have their equipment located in multiple places. They may have servers, for example, in three or four different colocation data centers. This is important for companies that have large geographic footprints, and they want to make sure their computer systems are located near their physical offices.
Benefits of a Colocation Data Centre
Small businesses can benefit from not having to shell out huge amounts of cash for steady connectivity, high bandwidth, and expert IT support staff. Large corporations usually have a dedicated team of IT professionals to manage and design their internet infrastructure that hosts their own web servers. Biscuit provides a way for small businesses to have the support of expert IT staff looking after their server to make sure that it is always up and running at affordable rates.
When comparing the costs of a colocation data centre with the option of building your own facility, it is an obvious choice. Unless your equipment requires a huge amount of room, the costs will be far lower when using a colocation option.
Fewer Technical Staff
You don’t need to worry about things like running cables, managing power, installing equipment, or any number of other technical processes. In many cases, the colocation data centre will even be able to replace components or perform other tasks as needed. This means you don’t need to have a large IT staff employed to handle this work.
Colocation data centres are typically built with the highest specifications for redundancy. This includes backup power generators, excellent physical security, multiple network connections through multiple telcos, and much more.
The costs associated with a colocation data centre will be very predictable. You can typically sign contracts that last one or more years, so you know exactly how to budget your IT needs.
When your business is growing, you can have new servers or other equipment added to the facility quickly and efficiently. When you have your equipment in a small local data center or server closet, it can be much more difficult to expand.
We understand the expense associated with owning your own technology. By offering affordable and reliable colocation services wherever and whenever you need it, we can help keep your expenses low without compromising service.
Our scalable solutions will also provide you with the room to grow your business. Get in touch to discuss your requirements.