The Basics of Co-location

May 6, 2013

Colocation is the utilization by businesses of professional datacenters in lieu of in-house servers. Such datacenters often provide improved server quality at a lower price by maintaining a single large facility serving multiple clients. Compared to maintaining proprietary datacenters, colocation typically offers improved infrastructure, bandwidth, latency, security, and cost efficiency.

Maintaining independent servers has become increasingly unfeasible and inefficient even for larger businesses, due to rapid changes in technology and the increased efficiency of colocation. Datacenters benefit greatly from economies of scale, meaning that colocation facilities such as the new PEER 1 Hosting datacenter in Portsmouth, UK, offer lower expense-per-server thanks to the benefits of a single large center in terms of cooling, land, and personnel.

Colocation Services Offered by Datacenters

Customers of datacenters offering colocation services lease server cabinets and cages which they then access via the internet. The physical servers and cages are securely stored and inaccessible to other clients and, except by request, the service provider. Clients personally handle the installation and administration of their hardware at the datacenter. Some colocation centers offer additional services administered by personnel specializing in server maintenance.

As colocation facilities focus exclusively on maintaining a quality environment for client servers, infrastructure typically surpasses what would be reasonable for a business to independently maintain. Features that exceed those offered by less optimized proprietary datacenters include:
– Careful regulation of temperature and humidity through advanced systems.
– Particle filtration to minimize dust.
– Power source redundency backed by uninterruptible power supplies.
– Physical security to prevent theft of hardware and the data stored within.
– High bandwidth capacity backed by advanced infrastructure to maintain quality.
– Technical services and monitoring such as firewalls, central data storage, backups, and defenses against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

By utilizing colocation, businesses gain improved reliability, reduced latency, and quality for a fraction of the front-end and ongoing expense a private datacenter would require. Colocation also allows for much easier scaling as a business grows, unlike proprietary centers which may not have the capacity for additional servers in terms of bandwidth quality or physical space.

PEER 1 Hosting maintains state-of-the-art datacenters offering colocation services from 10 cities across Europe and North America.

United Kingdom Centers:
– Portsmouth, Hampshire
– Fleet, Hampshire

United States Centers:
– Los Angeles, California
– San Jose, California
– Seattle, Washington
– New York, New York
– Miami, Florida

Canada Centers:
– Vancouver, British Columbia
– Toronto, Ontario
– Montreal, Quebec

An Example of the Benefits of Peer 1 Hosting Datacenters

The new Portsmouth facility, a 5,372 sq. meter colocation datacenter delivering over 11 MVA (megavolt ampere) of power, offers many benefits to colocation clients:
– High-efficiency free air cooling system.
– Defenses against natural disasters and flooding.
– Redundancy in electrical, power generation, and cooling systems.
– Advanced security technology, including HD camera systems, MOD biometrics, motion sensors, and man traps.
– 24×7 physical security and surveillance.
– Innovative advances in datacenter technology, including low-impact green technology.
– On-site administrators to reboot, reload, and troubleshoot your stored servers.
– Access to the facility any time; day or night, 365 days a year.

Article Written by:
Jacob Pettit
is a journalist from Australia. He writes for several newspapers about different topics. Each piece written by him attracts number of readers.

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