Colocation Service Provider center means a type of data center which provides various facilities like equipment space, power, server security, bandwidth, storage, cooling and networking equipment of other firms and then connect them to a variety of telecom sectors and network services with the least cost and complexity possible.
They are geographically positioned in such a way that it gets the best internet connections. Any company need to ship their servers to a colocation service provider in order to host their web sites, VOIP, IPTV, streaming of Internet Radio, etc. For this the colocation facility needs to have large internet connections as high as 100Mbps to 10,000Mbps. To ensure the business continuity of various users on such a large scale colocation service providers provide redundant UPS, A/C systems, 24/7 technical support and physical security round the clock.
Colocation has gained momentum over the past few years as this is a very good option for midsize IT companies as this facility enables the company to focus on the staff and other developmental activities rather than putting time and effort on logistical support that is required for the work to be done.
What do colocation service providers provide?
Actually colocation service providers provide the companies with equipments on a rental basis. They are listed below:
- Rack cabinets with lockers
- AC and DC power (depending upon the requirement)
- Network connecting the clients through the router
- Cooling as the servers require
- Physical security such as video surveillance, biometric and badge access, logging, etc to the servers
- Monitoring of the functioning and the failures
- Redundant systems in case of any failures
Other facilities provided by them are:
- Redundant systems ensure higher reliability
- Full monitoring by live manpower
- Higher bandwidth ensured at lowest possible costs
- Low network latency
- Special staff is allocated for work like network and facilities engineers which is otherwise not cost effective for clients on the regular payroll basis
Types of colocation service providers:
- Web based companies: They use the facilities for cost effective redundant connections for the internet.
- Telecom Companies: They generally use to exchange the traffic with other telecom companies which comes out to be very cost effective and helpful for them in promoting their business.
- Big enterprises: They use this service for data back up, business continuity and as a back up for disaster avoidance.
Colocation service provider Infrastructure or the rooms have special features as mentioned below:
- Cooling atmosphere: The rooms are well air conditioned to avoid extreme temperatures like humidity, extreme high temperatures, dew point, etc.
- Protection from fire: Smoke detectors are present all over to detect smoke or any accidental fire cases so that immediate action can be taken with the least damage possible. Fire walls, fire suppression gaseous systems and fire sprinkler systems are carefully designed and installed in the rooms for high safety and security.
- Windows are kept very less in number.
- Cabinets and racks are 19” to 23” thick for data and telecommunication equipment respectively.
Colocation Service Providers are audited from time to time to make sure that they meet the required standards. All the services mentioned above may cost about $1000 per month using the colocation service providers other wise which can be around $20,000 for a month.
How to choose a colocation service provider?
While choosing a colocation service provider one should be careful of the following points:
- Quality Internet: One should enquire about the network size and details before choosing a colocation
- While checking the size of the network check whether it is OC3,OC12, OC48, OC192 or T3. OC192 is most preferable
- It should have high speed connections, redundant UPS, A/C systems, technical support and physical security round the clock
- Choose a service which includes free remote hands
- Check the history of the colocation that is for how long the service been into the field and how is it performing. Enquire about the customer complaints if any
- Also ensure whether the colocation service which you are opting for is financially stable and profitable
- Make sure that it does not charge you for cross connects
- Check if it charges you monthly for IP addresses and power/redundant power?
- Learn about its connections that is to how many other connections does it connect to?
- Also check on the costs it is going to incur on you when you want to upgrade your bandwidth.
- Does it have multiple locations round the globe?
So make sure to ensure all these points in your mind before choosing a colocation service provider.
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