Colocation is the process of storing data on a server at a shared data center. The offsite location can be thousands of miles away or right around the corner. Colocation is definitely picking up steam as a way to cut costs. Colocation is expected to grow by leaps and bounds. The growth between 2016 and 2020 was 15.4%. What do you need to know about colocation?
You Provide the Servers
In this setup, the user (that is your company) provides the servers. The data center provides the power, the communication, the location overhead, and the space costs. You pay the colocation provider fees to utilize the space provided.
The cost of the hardware (your servers) is entirely absorbed by you. Basically, the colocation agreement, means that you will not have to pay to accommodate the servers’ needs. For example, you will not have to install a climate-controlled space for the servers, nor will you pay for the energy consumption of the servers.
Cybersecurity is always a priority. Physical security also needs to be a priority. Before agreeing to a colocation agreement, be sure that you are choosing a provider that has physical security in place. For example, ask about CCTV monitoring of the facility. Also, ask who has access to the server rooms. How is access managed? These are very important considerations.
Potential Latency Problems
Distance can be an issue. The further away from the location, the more likely you will run into latency problems. Latency occurs when data has to travel too far. It also depends on the type of service. For example, streaming services need very low latency to function properly.
It is important that you understand the risk of latency problems with this type of arrangement and if it will affect your ability to retrieve data.
Infrastructure Affects Reliability
It is important that your provider has the right infrastructure in place. You want to avoid providers that are using outdated infrastructure or have yet to establish their level of reliability. Choosing a provider that is proven lessens the risk of running into reliability problems.
Is colocation right for your business? If you are looking for a way to save on costs and can connect with the right provider, yes it could be.