If you already own a server and an in-house facility, you should still consider colocation. It will be more cost-effective and offer you a wide-range of benefits over an in-house facility. Server colocation is a type of web hosting choice where you move your IT infrastructure to a data center, owned and managed by a service provider. You own the hardware, must maintain it yourself and are responsible for all the technical aspects.
The following points will clear any inhibitions you may have regarding colocation over an in-house facility.
1. Better availability and reliability
With limited space and infrastructure, an in-house facility cannot cope up when there is an outage. In the server colocation environment, the hosts are better prepared to make sure your data is available. They have huge spaces and are redundant in emergency supplies like batteries, UPS, generators, fuel, etc and any other requirements.
In an in-house environment, if there is some disaster like floods, fire, hurricanes or similar, your business premises as well as your online business can be affected and you will have no access to the servers. Your business will not be available to your clients, visitors etc. which can result in huge losses for you both monetarily as well as customers. Rebuilding the entire structure again is as good as starting a new venture.
In colocation, your servers are outside your premises. Even if there is a disaster and you are unable to reach your office, your servers and website continue to run and there is no risk of business losses.
The infrastructure is expensive. It requires a high level of security. The data centers are equipped with numerous such equipment and make sure that the equipment is well-protected against any risk of theft and burglary. When you use the server colocation facility, you need not invest in the security equipment like CCTV cameras, biometric scanners and do not have to employ security guards to monitor the facility.
4. Lower investment and costs:
As mentioned above, data centers require power backups, cooling solutions, security, and safety equipment and the services of technical experts to manage and maintain the infrastructure. These can run into high figures and a small business may not be able to afford to invest in it. Server colocation will allow you these facilities at a fixed monthly figure. In data centers the operational costs like power, bandwidth, rent and other expenses are split over multiple customers which reduces the burden on you.
In server colocation although the IT infrastructure is away at the data center premises of the provider, you have complete access to your equipment. If you wish to install new applications or increase the server capacity at any time, you just send your engineers over to the premises and get the necessary upgrades and things done as your business demands.
You can avail the remote hands at the data center for minor works like server reboots, or replacement of a defective component to ensure there is no effect on the server performance.