Colocation is the practice of housing your servers in an offsite data center facility. The data center provides access to cage space, electrical power, cooling, networking equipment, and access to a variety of telecom and internet service providers at a monthly rental fee. In addition to these standards, many data centers that provide colocation services are equipped with advanced physical security, such as biometric locks. While costs for colocation vary by service provider, rental fees for colocation services are generally less expensive and less complex than in-house alternatives. In very standard terms, colocation facilities act as a ‘hotel’ for servers and other critical technology dependent upon an internet connection.
There are many reasons for companies to contract with a colocation facility:
One good example of a data center is the NCDC, or the National Climatic Data Center. It stores data pertaining to current and archived weather information. Theirs consists of a private data center that can be accessed within their organization, as well as a public data center that can be accessed online by anyone. Sometimes, these centers are referred to as computer closets or server rooms. In the telecommunications and IT worlds, as well as other technology industries, a these centers are often synonymous with a NOC, also known as a network operations center. They are areas within the company with restricted access to automated systems. These systems are used to constantly monitor network performance, web traffic and server activity. There are numerous benefits for having your own dedicated data center. Here are four of the main essential benefits: