What common characteristics and differences do colocation and Dedicated Server hosting share?
Colocation and dedicated hosting are alike in a number ways such as that in both hosting services, the client rents or leases something from the provider; a rack as in the case of colocation and the server itself as in the case of dedicated server hosting. They are also alike in the sense that in both hosting services, the provider typically keeps a hands-off policy on the server administration and management tasks of their basic hosting solution. Both services also offer managed services; Managed colocation for colocation and Managed Dedicated Server for Dedicated Server.
Though they may look alike, their common traits end there. They are a lot different than they are the same. The most basic difference between colocation and dedicated server hosting is that the clients of colocation leases or rents a space, a rack, a cabinet or a cage in an highly secured data center to house their server and other devices and shares the use of the facility and its services with other colocation subscribers while the clients of dedicated server hosting leases the entire server housed in an off-site data center whose use is dedicated for them only. While both of them rent from the service provider, one owns the server while the other leases the server. Another major difference between them is that, with colocation, the client owns the hardware which gives him total control when it comes to the choice of hardware and OS he wants to use while with dedicated server hosting, the service provider owns the server hardware which means that the client has relatively little or even no control over the choice of the server specs and has to wait and pay for the upgrades of his machines.
What are the benefits of Colocation?
Colocation brings a number benefits to the client and his server. The following are the benefits of colocation:
You get billed for what you actually use
Clients are billed and charged utility-type, meaning they only get billed for what they actually used. This translates into zero-waste in money for paying services that you do not need and may never need and could further translate into huge cost savings.
Redundant and High-Speed bandwidth connection
Colocation’s redundant and high-speed bandwidth connection to multiple internet networks ensures high internet connection reliability. Clients will never need to worry about slow loading pages or lagging connections.
Power Back-up and redundant power systems
Colocation centers are also provided with redundant power systems as well as back-up power supply which means that there is no need to worry about server downtime even during power outages due to downed power lines.
Total Control and authority over the server hardware and software
Client enjoys total control and authority over the server hardware and its software, which gives him the freedom to choose the specs for his server, its software and applications that he wants to install on it. This should be true to all colocation services unless the client opts to subscribe to Managed Colocation services.
Continuous server operation
The server could still continue to operate even when the office needs to move to another location. This is because there is no need to move the IT equipment with the client even if the client needs to move his business to another location.
24x7x365 server and data security
Colocation facilities are provided with the best security arrangement and are better equipped against forced entry, unauthorized access, fire and other natural disasters. This enhanced security includes card entry and round-the-clock camera monitoring.
Colocation facilities are provided with the latest technology, such as firewalls and other intrusion detection services to ensure data protection.
24×7 Support Services
Colocation centers provide 24×7 support services which are always ready to provide expert and professional support to the client and the server.
Scalability and Flexibility
Clients get billed for what they actually use, which means that he can easily add or remove bandwidth or disk space from his service, when needed. This service flexibility guarantees scalability and additional room for growth.
Faster and better performance
Colocation facilities are known for its better performance, faster speeds and connectivity.
What benefits does Dedicated Server Hosting bring?
The following are the benefits of dedicated server hosting:
- Server independence brings top calibre performance because there is no need to share the system resources like processor power, disk space and memory with any other subscriber using the facility.
- Reduction of system crashes – Since the whole system is dedicated for the client’s own use only, the risk of being crashed, swamped or slowed down by any other site is greatly reduced, if not eliminated.
- Greater server and data Security as nobody else within the server can access your files but you.
- Custom Configuration of server suited to your needs.
- Custom Firewall to enforce access control policy.
- Clients have their own unique IP address.
- Client can request for more memory, more processor and disk space upgrade should the need arise.
Which works best for my server, colocation or dedicated server hosting?
Colocation and dedicated server hosting are both alike and different in a lot of ways. Both hosting options have its own merits which makes it difficult to make a black and white answer to the question of which is better. However, here is your most basic guide; if your website is budget sensitive, go for a dedicated server, however, if your website needs the services of large IT departments but your resources are not enough for a high initial cost, colocation is best suited for you.