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What Is Colocation

What Is Colocation

As businesses search for options to store their data, they need to know what options are available to them. Many options exist, such as colocation, virtual private servers, and shared web hosting.

Each option offers different features, but colocation is one that may need a bit more explanation for those who are new to the concept of off-site data storage. Businesses in Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland, and other areas of Florida should consider colocation for a number of reasons.


What Exactly Is Colocation

Colocation is the term for a data center facility where businesses can rent their own space for servers as well as other hardware. These servers store their data in a secure area that provides redundant power, redundant cooling systems, networking, and physical security.

To provide the ability to connect to your servers, the data center can provide a direct connection to the carrier of your choice (carrier-neutral) or can provide the internet connection, which can be from a dedicated internet service provider (ISP) or blended from multiple ISPs.

Colo Solutions is a carrier-neutral data center based in downtown Orlando, FL.


What Is a Colocation Data Center

Our data center in downtown Orlando has these server cabinets available for colocation services.

A colocation data center is a building that houses rentable racks and cabinets that store your equipment. The building itself has high physical security to protect the equipment inside. The data center facility has redundant power, meaning the power system is backed up by ...

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Colocation vs. Virtual Colocation

Colocation vs. Virtual Colocation

As the data needs of companies grow, they should evaluate moving from on-premises computing to off-site data processing for fast, secure access and business continuity. As cloud-based technologies grow and become more reliable, newer options have emerged.

Rather than housing their own IT infrastructure, companies and individuals have the option of choosing traditional colocation services with dedicated servers that house their data at a third-party data center virtual colocation, which involves the storage and compute on a cloud-based system at a remote data center; or a hybrid option using both. All choices come with a set of pros and cons for prospective clients to weigh.

Key considerations are CapEx vs. OpEx and total cost of ownership (TCO). Which is best for you? Well, like a lot of things, the answer is - it depends! Most importantly, it depends on your business needs. Many customers have compliance requirements or unique business propositions and applications that are better served by traditional colocation. Some content providers need to be in carrier-neutral data centers with access to lots of networks for best performance. Other businesses can meet their business needs with less upfront cost and greater scalability through virtual colocation.

In any event, both are provided through data centers that provide improved uptime and business continuity through redundant cooling systems, redundant UPSs, SLAs, back-up generators and security.


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