What is Server Colocation?
In server colocation, the server remains with the clients but it is stored, managed, and controlled by the Managed Service Provider (MSP) or cloud service provider. Modern data centers are typically extensive facilities that house many servers while also providing storage and access to multiple businesses. The global market for server colocation is growing at such a rate that it will nearly double between 2022 and 2025.
Server colocation is similar to dedicated server hosting. In a dedicated server hosting, the server is hosted by a Managed Service Provider (MSP) facility or a data center. However, in server colocation, the server is provided by the customer as the customer’s organization retains the ownership of the server.
One of the most significant advantages of server colocation is reduced costs. Because the client organization does not have to invest in and maintain power backup equipment, it saves a considerable amount of money. Server colocation also enables the client organization to take advantage of an optimal data center environment that is highly scalable to meet the client’s business demands.
What are Server Colocation services?
Data centers that offer server colocation are set up to provide organizations with safe access to private servers. Standard colocation services include leasing server cabinets and cages, which are secured and inaccessible to other colocation clients. Connecting the ISP network and physical IT infrastructure, as well as server status monitoring, are additional services.
The backbone of any corporate network is its servers. Businesses have always had to make considerable hardware investments to implement, operate, and maintain servers that support operations. From email to document storage and everything in between, this hardware powers the company’s everyday operations.
In addition to the direct costs of owning and operating servers, a company faces a host of additional costs. Electric bills to power and cool servers, rent related to the servers’ physical space, equipment maintenance, and IT staff time are just a few examples.
What are the benefits of Server Colocation?
- Cost-Effective: Server colocation can save your business money in terms of running costs and lost productivity from your IT team. The services provider bears the financial cost of maintaining the hardware (and supporting infrastructure), securing the servers with software, and providing physical structures to house the equipment. As a result, your company has more financial flexibility to concentrate on its core operations.With UnitedLayer, you can deploy and manage your existing hardware in our premier Tier-3+ data center facility while still maintaining the level of access, control, and security of a data center that resides entirely on your premises. With our colocation solutions, you can eliminate the hassle and cost of running your own data center while setting yourself up for a future in the cloud.
- Greater Uptime & Security: Compared to having servers in the office, server colocation provides your company with the potential for greater uptime and data security. Because your colocation servers include quality backups and power redundancy, you can be confident that your data will be protected in the event of a data center power outage. To prevent server downtime, many server colocation providers employ load balancers. This means that if one server fails, the network traffic load is distributed across the remaining servers. Your critical services and programs remain operational during this process even if a server fails. In the event of a power outage at your site, your servers will remain operational at the data center.
UnitedLayer offers a Tier-3+ data center with superior outage protection to avoid any unplanned downtimes. With a 100% uptime guarantee, greater than N+1 architecture for uninterrupted power and cooling, our N+2 redundant chiller configuration and redundant water sources ensure consistent temperatures are maintained throughout our facilities.
- Professional Technical Support: Server colocation provides your company with access to experienced technical support. If you ever have a problem with your servers, an IT professional is always on hand to assist you. These professionals maintain and monitor equipment, respond to employee inquiries, and intervene if a severe problem arises. With UnitedLayer you get a greater level of service and accountability. From master electricians to network engineers, we maintain a diversified and talented team. Our Managed Services are backed by onsite support 24/7/365 and are hosted in SSAE 18 certified data centers.
UnitedLayer provides the Colocation services from one of the largest data centers in San Francisco, USA, at 200 Paul Ave. Our long list of managed services enables enterprises to modernize their infrastructure and improve their responsiveness, resource utilization, scalability, and agility resulting in better customer experience and faster time to market.
With more than two decades of experience and a pool of experts in leading technologies – we enable enterprises, SMB’s, government agencies, and start-ups to reap the maximum benefits from their multicloud investments.
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