A Dedicated Server Or Datacentre Co-location

     Growth of online traffic for a business will often demand greater capacity than can be delivered by shared hosting services. Greater capacity is thus required to avoid a situation that compromises service quality to their online visitors. There are several options that can be adopted to achieve this. One of these options is to acquire, house and operate a server. There are several significant financial and technical implications that result from taking this option and they can be avoided by opting for either a dedicated or collocation. Choosing either of these will depend on the particular needs of the business, your future plans and the level of sophistication required.

Dedicated hosting involves renting a server from a data center that will exclusively handle your business. The service provider commits to availing equipment as well as ensuring that you have full time internet connection. The provider is also responsible for the physical security of their equipment and will also be expected to provide security for your data. Colo services on the other hand will have you buy your own server and contract the service provider for reliable full time internet as well as location. At this point you may be wondering why not simply take up the dedicated server option and save on the money required to buy the server. This may work well for those who do not require high performance equipment. Those that need specialized server features as well as higher specs would be better served by collocation servers. Other options are bound to present challenges especially in finding service providers who already have the equipment that fits your unique needs.

Those planning to manage their own hosting after a short period will also find that collocation works very well for them. You are highly likely to pick up some valuable tips during your interaction with the service provider on how to go about server management. When you decide to move your hosting to your own site you, you will have the equipment with you which will greatly simplify the process of relocating.

Long term you may also find the higher fees charged for dedicated hosting could actually amount to a more expensive operation. Colocation is charged at a lower rate because the service provider is only charging you for bandwidth and other supplementary services but not the use of equipment. The duration you sign up for as well as the fee charged will help you decide on which works better for you.

Server collocation also allows you complete freedom and access with your server. You may find software restrictions and controls with the providers of other server services. There are some service providers who may decline the installation of particular applications which they may consider as potential threats.

Collocation services are best suited to businesses preparing to take on their own hosting or those that have special requirements.

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If you opt for colocation for example over a dedicated server look at CCS Leeds's server colo .

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