A co-location centre is a type of data centre whereby resources such as rack space and bandwidth are shared — thus the name “co-location”. Generally, colocation data centres are administered by dedicated hosts, and customers rent the rack space and bandwidth for a set cost. As a result, co-location has become a popular choice for mid-size businesses with IT needs. In this article, we’ll take a look at seven benefits of the co-located data centre.
Because your service is being hosted at a separate location on servers that are already up and running, you don’t have to worry about the initial up-front cost of installing servers on your own premises. Additionally, because you’re sharing the cost of the co-located facility with other customers, the costs of bandwidth will generally be lower.
2. Failure protection
Part of the cost of your co-located service goes towards power generators for backup power supplies in the rare (but very possible) occurrence of an outage. Because the burden of this cost is being shared amongst customers, the protection against malfunction is generally more robust
3. No downtime when moving
Another outstanding benefit of co-located servers is the fact that, should you need to move office, you won’t have to experience any down-time associated with relocating your on-premises servers. Because the servers are hosted remotely, it simply becomes a matter of reconnecting at the client level once you’re ready to get back to work in your new digs.
4. Additional security
As was the case with failure protection, in a co-located facility you’re sharing the cost of security measures for the data centre services with other customers, meaning the security measures are likely to be more robust and better capable of protecting your sensitive organisational data. All colocation facilities will provide video surveillance, access control, security guards and other modern security measures.
5. Focus your IT staff
Because your full-time IT personnel won’t need to deal with the minutiae of day-to-day data centre maintenance, they will instead be able to focus on more productive work towards helping the growth of your business. This allows IT staff to be proactive in improving the systems in place, rather than reactive and dealing with problems as they arise.
6. Full-time monitoring
All co-location centres will have expert IT staff on hand to monitor the data centre, which means they’ll be able to sure the servers are maintained thoroughly and they can respond to any problems which may arise as a matter of priority. Additionally, this means that specialist staff such as network engineers don’t have to be kept on the company payroll, saving you money in man hours.
7. Environmental benefits
With governments around the world introducing carbon tax legislation in order to reduce carbon emissions, there has never been more focus on lowering the energy output of the data centre — with data centres accounting for a large amount of the energy bill for any organisation. At a co-location centre, you can be sure that steps are being taken to make data centres as efficient as possible. These costs will be passed on to the customer, it means that data centre services with lower carbon footprints are likely to be more affordable.