Colocation hosting: when is it right for you?

Colocation hosting a viable solution for companies with specialized needs

Colocation hosting is just one of the myriad hosting options available to organizations that want to dramatically increase their efficiency and performance without having to continue outfitting data centers and procuring support system infrastructure. Because the various hosting options available today are intended for substantially different needs on a fairly granular level, it can be difficult for a company to make the choice that will best satisfy its current and future demands. Hosting shouldn’t be a stopgap solution – it should be a foundational component of company infrastructure and systems planning.

colocation hostingColocation hosting is a good match for companies that find themselves in some sort of “in-between” stage when it comes to their data center technology and IT resources. Having technological foresight can be difficult in today’s whirlwind IT world, where innovation is shortening the useful life of many aging data center and network hardware components and C-suite officers increase pressure to invest in emerging technologies like big data analytics and dynamic Web applications. When eliminating some of the costs and pressure that come with trying to expand an on-premises data center but retaining solo control over server equipment can strike the ideal balance, it’s time to invest in a colocation hosting service.

Who should choose colocation hosting?

Companies may want their IT staff to retain control over servers, storage technologies and operating systems, whether it’s because these personnel have long proven their exemplary ability at developing and managing these resources or because companies want to ensure compliance with HIPAA, PCI DSS or other industry-specific regulations, wrote Forbes contributor Janel Ryan. Some managed hosting providers may be able to offer some of these services to help ensure performance and security, but ultimately colocation hosting is a good option for companies that trust what they have built and are looking for some extra support to fuel expansion.

Colocation hosting can provide cost-effective redundancy

Another group of organizations that may be strong candidates for colocation hosting are those that need disaster recovery and backup for their data storage and connectivity needs. Gartner recently recommended that companies invest in two data centers on each continent in which they do business, whether through a business-owned facility or through a facility managed by a hosting provider. Companies without the hardware and IT personnel resources at their disposal to populate a second facility can partner with a colocation hosting provider instead of building a secondary facility, which is likely time consuming and expensive. Since it’s also essential for security and disaster recovery purposes to establish a redundant, reliable facility as quickly as possible, colocation may the prudent choice.

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