How different is dedicated hosting from colocation?
Dedicated hosting, officially known as Dedicated Server Hosting, differs from colocation in a number of ways. For one, clients of dedicated hosting services lease the entire physical server housed in a data center, including all the resources within it, for his exclusive use only while clients of colocation hosting leases the rack, the cabinet and the cage located in a data center to house their server. One leases the server while the other owns the server that he houses in a colocation facility which he shares with other colocation subscribers.
Another difference of dedicated hosting is that all the resources of the server such as bandwidth, disk space and RAM are dedicated for a single client only. Colocation clients, on the other share the use of the utilities of the colocation facility such as power, cooling and security of the facility but not the resources of the server. This leads to another major difference between the two hosting plans, which is their cost. Dedicated hosting is relatively more expensive compared to colocation hosting because being the exclusive user of the resources of their server, dedicated hosting clients do not have the luxury of having other clients share the cost of running and maintaining the resources they used. Although colocation could fetch a higher overhead expense because of the need to purchase a server, they do not need to spend much for the resources that the colocation facility offer as they are billed for the resources they actually used. This could mean a lot of savings in the long run compared to the fixed monthly recurring bill of dedicated hosting.
What advantages do Dedicated Hosting offer?
Like any other hosting services, Dedicated hosting offers its clients a number of advantages. Some of the known advantages of dedicated server hosting are as follows:
- The entire resources of the server is dedicated for the exclusive use one client only, which means that the client do not need to share the server’s resources like processor power, disk space and memory with any other subscriber, assuring him of optimum server performance.
- The website runs no risk of being crashed, swamped or slowed down by any other site using or requesting resources from the server.
- The client do not need to worry about security concerns or having to worry about anybody accessing his files as nobody else has access to your server.
- The client can customize the server configuration according to his specific needs.
- The firewall configuration can be customized to better enforce access control policy.
- Client has freedom and control over the software and applications he wants to install.
- The client has the freedom and the ability to run any software, even those that are typically not allowed by shared hosting plans.
What benefits does colocation bring?
Colocation hosting brings with it a number of benefits and among them are the following:
- Clients are billed and charged utility-type, meaning they only get billed for what they actually used. This means that there is no waste in money used for paying services that you do not need and could translate into huge cost savings.
- Clients do not need to worry about slow loading pages or lagging connection as colocation data centers are provided with redundant and high-speed bandwidth connection to multiple internet networks ensuring high internet connection reliability.
- Server downtime is greatly reduced, if not eliminated, because colocation centers are provided with redundant and back-up power systems which basically ensure service continuity despite power loss due to downed power lines or severe power outages.
- The client has full control and authority over server hardware and its software. This should be true to all colocation services unless the client opts to subscribe to Managed Colocation services.
- Clients do not need to move the IT equipment from one location to another even if he needs to move his business to another location.
- Colocation facilities and data centers 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 top-of-the-line technology, such as firewall and other intrusion detection services to ensure data protection.
- A competent 24/7 support which is always ready to provide expert and professional support to the client and the server.
- Clients can easily add or remove bandwidth and other resources from his service which guarantees scalability and additional room for growth.
Which is better, dedicated hosting or colocation?
Both hosting options bring along with it a number of factors that are beneficial to the client and to his website making it difficult to make a straight answer to the question of which hosting option is better than the other. However, here is your guide; if you do not have your own server and if you want more room to grow, more computing power and better bandwidth and if your website is exceeding the limits of your present hosting provider, go for a dedicated server. However, if you have the resources to purchase your own server and want full control over the hardware as well as the software requirements of your website, colocation is best recommended for you.