What is Colocation?

Introduction to Colocation

Colocation is a hosting option for small businesses who want the features of a large IT department without the costs. Many large corporations have the Internet infrastructure to host their own web servers and have a team of IT professionals to manage and design the site, individuals and small companies do not. There is a wide range of options available from simple hosting up to running your own Web servers off of a dedicated Internet connection. One such option is colocation.

What is Colocation?

Colocation allows you to place your server machine in someone else's rack and share their bandwidth as your own. It generally costs more than standard Web hosting, but less than a comparable amount of bandwidth into your place of business. Once you have a machine set up, you take it physically to the location of the colocation provider and install it in their rack or you rent a server machine from the colocation provider. That company then provides an IP, bandwidth, and power to your server. Once it's up and running, you access it much like you would access a Web site on a hosting provider. The difference being that you own the hardware.

Advantages of Colocation

  • The biggest advantage of colocation is the cost for bandwidth.
  • niXtech Colocation data centers have better outage protection. At a colocation provider, we are paying for power generators and backup power to protect against that type of situation.
  • Customer own the server machinery. If the customer decide that the machine is too slow or doesn't have enough memory, they can simply upgrade the server. The customer don't have to wait for our provider to get around to upgrading it.
  • The customer own the server software. They don't have to rely on the hosting provider to install the software or tools they want to use. The customer simply do it themselves. If the customer decide to use ASP or ColdFusion or ASP, they just purchase and install the software.
  • If the customer move, they can leave the server up and running the entire time. When customers host their own domains they have to either pay for two lines for some time, to move the domains to the new location or deal with outages while the servers are moved to the new location.
  • niXtech Colocation data centers provide additional security for your machines.The server is stored and maintained in a secured environment.
  • niXtech colocation servers may be serviced and managed by niXtech engineers for the customer at an extra cost. This is especially useful if the customer don't have IT team members or their office is located far from the provider.

Disadvantages of Colocation

  • There will eventually be some transportation to the facility. niXtech is located close to Copenhagen so it is easy to get to the colocated equipment, so that the customer can upgrade and maintain their server when they need to.
  • Colocation can be more expensive than basic Web hosting. This is especially true as the customer have to maintain and manage your servers themselves, so when the server needs to be upgraded, the customer need to purchase that hardware and install it.
  • Physical access to your server require travel to their location during niXtech colocation data center service hours.
  • If the customer move out of the area where niXtech's colocation data center is, they have to either move their servers to a new provider or leave them and pay for a maintenance contract.
  • Another drawback to colocation can be fluctuating prices. Since one of the factors in the monthly rate of collocating a server is the amount of data transferred via the server in the monthly period, an unusually large amount of traffic in a monthly period can cause the bill for the service to jump dramatically.

Is Colocation the Way to Go?

This is a question that is difficult to answer. For individuals who run small sites for personal use or blogs probably do not need the level of service provided by colocation and are better off with niXtech Virtual Private Server hosting. If however, the server is needed to be dedicated to the customer, colocation is often times the best next option. It is also a very good option for small businesses that want to have a fairly large Web presence but don't want to have to deal with a large amount items such as network connections.