A colocation hosting facility is where a web server is housed, along with the resources to keep the server up and running. Between the amount of power web servers require and the difficulty of an individual business to take care of all levels of redundancy, many businesses are turning to colocation servers to manage their web server needs.
The tricky part is choosing between the multitude of colocation hosts out there. After all, moving your company’s website from server to server isn’t an easy task. So it’s natural that you only want to do it once and get your web server colocation right the first time.
When choosing a colocation data center for your business, among the key points to consider are:
- Location of the colocation facilities;
- Redundancy plans of the colocation hosting company;
- Reputation of the colocation host.
Choose colocation service providers near your IT teamWhen administering colocation servers, it's the responsibility of your business, not the colocation service providers, to maintain both the hardware and software for your servers. If you choose a company that locates your server colocation at a distance from your IT team, you will either have to pay for the colocation web hosting company's IT team to work on your servers or pay travel expenses for your own IT team. Both come at a stiff premium because server problems don't tend to happen at convenient times.
Ensure the colocation servers meet your redundancy needs"Redundancy" is one of those hot topics that IT people love to buzz over. It's a business owner's worst nightmare to have their servers go down for an extended period of time. These downtimes are often preventable with the right backup plans.
Check a colocation company's references before signing on the dotted lineAlways ask the colocation hosting company for a list of references for clients who have similar solutions to yours, and make sure that you get the real scoop about the company and its service.
- It is possible to have too much redundancy in your server colocation. Remember, you're paying for every little extra (whether you see it on the bill or not).