Pros and Cons of Colocation Centers

Colocation data centers are relied upon by many businesses for cooling, bandwidth, power and security. Nowadays, their offerings typically include services customized to the initiatives of their customer’s business.

Server colocation can be an attractive option for companies searching for alternatives to data centers; however, colocation hosting may not be ideal for some businesses, which is why it’s important to identify its pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Lower Costs: Starting with a colocation allows customers to spend less on startup costs, unlike with a data center. You’ll also spend less on power supply as these systems have backup and onsite power generation. They also require less maintenance, as the technical teams attend to glitches right away.

  • Hardware and Software Choices: A colocation can be the perfect choice for companies that lack the resources to build their own data center, but still choose their own hardware and software.

  • Security: Colocation facilities are secured by guards and surveillance cameras that operate 24/7.

Cons:

  • Upfront Costs: The amount paid for this service can be very costly, since customers provide their own hardware and software.

  • Server Management: Since customers provide their own hardware and software, they are expected to be the ones to address the problems that may arise.

  • Hands-on maintenance: When problems occur, there will be a need to send a technician to the data center. This can become time-consuming and costly.

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