Business continuity is the name of the game these days. Latency and lag are words that firmly belong to the past and for good reason. With growing advancements in technology and impatience of users, even a second’s delay can cost a company thousands of dollars in lost revenue and trust since most users would turn away at the slightest delay in webpage downloading.
Most people are of the opinion that if one has to host their own servers and applications; they would have to go in for building their own data center to be able to do so. However, going to an entire data center is a cost-, labour- and time-intensive move. Not to mention the headaches those usually accompany such a move. If you feel that your operations are not big enough to warrant the expenditures associated with data centers, why not try Single Server Colocation out?
All you have to do is purchase the server and send it to a colocation provider. The provider would place your server in their rack/s. The installation of the operating system and other applications, and the maintenance and upkeep is your responsibility. However, you can enter into an agreement with the provider who will provide you with bandwidth, data transfer, power, etc. Payment for these services can be made monthly or quarterly – you can decide on that in concurrence with the provider.
Most such agreements or contracts are usually for a year; however, some providers offer flexible plans too. There are several benefits of Single Server Colocation. Here are some of them:
- As you would be sharing the services offered by the provider with a number of other clients, the costs incurred would be quite less.
- Most providers employ bandwidth lines from multiple services, the chances of excellent availability at all times are quite high.
- You will save on safety and security costs since that is checked by the provider, who usually employ multi-layered systems to safeguard their clients’ servers.
- Scalability is not an issue with Single Server Colocation services, since if you feel the need to add more power to your operations; you can just request the provider for more server space to host additional servers.
- Some providers offer a centralized monitoring system to their clients, making remote access an easy task.
In all, this move is beneficial in many ways and the disadvantages are few.