Server Colocation

Written by Genevieve Hawkins
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If you own a business that depends largely on online transactions to make it work, chances are you are aware of this service. Server colocation is defined as having a backup system that is designated for your resources at a secure, physical location. By housing a computer with all files and web capabilities at a set place, it is possible to eliminate blips and crashes in the system and make sure that your e-commerce runs secure.

Due to the proliferation of businesses that are completely internet-based, some companies can prosper without ever having an office, warehouse or storefront located anywhere on the globe. Some other retailers and corporations have entire departments designated for online shopping. For sites that are receiving massive amounts of clicks (over 35 million a day), and sales from these online ventures, every second lost in a power outage or other glitch can equal untold money. Due to this, many web hosts offer secure sites for backup computer and all data, designating them for nothing else.

Benefits of Server Colocation

If you own a business that has a large proportion of business conducted online, the upside is fairly easy to see. Generally, a colocation site is offered by the webhost as a secure place where several data centers are held. The space rented is by the U's of space, which is related to the computer size, and there are connection fees for electricity, bandwidth, and other charges. Unlike the related dedicated server, the computer is usually owned not leased by the businessperson, and he or she is responsible for all of the data in the system.

A colocation site should have video cameras, security people, and a special access code to get into the storage area. Furthermore, there should be backup feeds and a power generator that guarantees availability in case of storms or other hazards. As this computer usually has the only job of hosting all of the data for a business website, it should be set up to handle this job exclusively in times of electrical outage or server collapse.

When looking for a secure location for a computer system, make sure to know the physical location in relation to where web orders are getting shipped to. A large physical distance between the mainframe host computer and the internet user can create blips in the system that slow down the downloading process. With a backup system this is less likely to happen, but it is still best to keep everything close to home.

Why Choose Server Colocation?

If you are running a web based business that is getting large number of hits or inquiries per day, it is important that you have a system that always keeps this up and running. Think of it as a necessity in this environment--with people visiting websites from all over the world, any traditional time differences have fallen by the wayside. There are no business hours, only a constant stream of availability. On the plus side, hosting the internet often takes less work once the system is set up--in fact, it can almost run itself.

Having a system at a colocation site can also save money on maintenance and expenditures. Many times the site manager is responsible for fees that the business owner would normally have to pay, and connection problems such as bandwidth are often taken care of as well. And many colocation setups offer advice and IT support if needed.

As internet web hosts increasingly provide this service, the selection has gone up, and the price has moved in the opposite direction. For only fractions of other business expenses, it is easy to set up a secure system. With many computers housed in a single room, all having business owners responsible for data and work, it is easy to see that this setup is not an elaborate scam. It simply is sound business sense to many.

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