A colocation (known less popularly as ‘co-location') data center is a facility where the servers and other computing equipment belonging to different companies share space. Each company's equipment is physically secured in a wire cage or cabinet with high security locking systems.
Colocation data centers offer physical space on lease to customers for housing their servers and other computing devices. You install your servers and/or other telecommunication equipment in the physical space leased from the data center. The leased space is typically comprised of either full cabinets or portions of a cabinet measured in Rack Units or RU (1RU corresponds to 1.75 vertical inches of space). Much larger spaces, like a caged section of a room or complete private rooms or suites, are also available depending on your requirements.
Most colocation facilities offer high-security, including cameras, fire detection and extinguishing devices, multiple connection feeds, filtered power, backup power generators and other items to ensure high-availability which is mandatory for all Web-based, virtual businesses. Colocation sites are being erected at various points around the world to provide services to the rapidly expanding Web hosting and e-commerce marketplace. The term colocation is also known as Colo.
Colocation hosting offers you the opportunity to have your server kept in a premiere colocation facility dedicated specifically to the needs of the colocation server. Such features as Fire-proof facility, video surveillance and high bandwidth make this an extremely enticing option. One of the major benefits of using colocation is that it provides customers with the flexibility necessary to scale up their requirements and technology according to their growing business needs while excluding additional capital investments from the equation.
The colocation program offers many advantages to the user like
- Everything is fully customizable
- Server is stored in location that has security
- Location of storage contains fast internet connection, security, rooms designed specifically for the servers (temperature, fire-safe and etc.) and etc.
- High bandwidth available
- Large amount of storage space
- The servers are as fast, powerful and high-capacity as you purchase
- Can update/upgrade at will; must purchase equipment only
- Maximum uptime for large sites
- Increased flexibility
- Better performance because you determine the hardware specs.