What is Colocation?
Share the benefits of scale, security and professional expertise.
Maria Head of Digital
Colocation refers to the practice of situating one’s servers in a professional data centre in order to access economies of scale, advanced infrastructure, greater bandwidth, lower latency, specialist services and systems, constant security, and a whole host of additional advantages.
As technologies become increasingly more extensive and sophisticated, the option of constructing a proprietary, private environment ‘from scratch’ becomes (except perhaps for the very biggest online businesses) commercially and practically absurd.
Modern data centres are very large facilities – the new PEER 1 Hosting data centre located in Portsmouth, UK has a floor area of 5,372m2, delivering 11 MVA of power. And yet it's IT infrastructure consumes a minimal amount of power, thanks to a free air cooling system that would be beyond the means of any single enterprise.
Greater resilience to disaster and to malicious attack. Huge savings available in cost and time and the sheer convenience of an environment in which every conceivable service is immediately on hand – it all adds up to an irrefutable argument for Colocation as the best strategy for 99% of today's businesses.
Colocation services are offered by data centres equipped and configured to allow secure client access to private servers. Colocation services include leasing server cabinets and cages, connecting to the ISP's network and physical infrastructure, and monitoring server status. Each cabinet and cage is securely locked and inaccessible to other colocation clients. Hardware is administered by the client without any ISP involvement, except manual server restarts upon request. Some ISPs offer additional professional services as well.
Colocation services let clients take advantage of superior data centre infrastructure, while maintaining control over their servers. The benefits to colocation customers include environmental control (constant temperature and humidity maintenance, particulates filtration), fire suppression systems, redundant power sources and UPS backup, large capacity of multi-homed quality bandwidth, round the clock physical security (card entry, video monitoring of the facilities), and available monitoring and technical services such as central data storage, backups, firewall and more.