Tips For Colocation Services
If you own a server and want to connect to the Internet, there are companies
that will handle the connection for you. This service is known as
colocation. Companies that want to have complete control over their server
configuration often choose the colocation route. The difference between a
colocated server and a dedicated server is that in a dedicated environment
the web hosting company owns the server.
Before deciding if colocation is right for you, there are several factors to
consider. First, you must look carefully at the fee structure. Colocation,
unlike dedicated servers, requires payment of both rental and connection
fees. You will pay a rental fee for the physical space your server will
occupy at the host company. The rental fee will be based on the height of
your server which can be anywhere from 1U to a full rack. Most servers are
1U or 2U configurations, but can be as large as 4U if they have a large
number of hard drives.
Colocation providers base connection charges on averages instead of the
total number of gigabytes transferred during the month. A connection of 1
mbp/s, for example, indicates an average transfer of megabyte per second
over the month. Transfers can be measured in two ways. The first is to
divide the amount of bandwidth used by the number of seconds in the month.
The second method looks at the 95th percentile. To determine transfers using
this method, bandwidth is measured every five minutes. At the end of the
month, the highest five percent of the readings are dropped. The highest
remaining reading, the 95th percentile, is used as the transfer billing
Security, Speed and Service: The physical safety of your server and the
security of your data are two primary considerations. Before you select a
colocation host, find out what plans they have to protect servers during a
flood, fire or other disaster. Ask about the security of the building and
find out who will have access to your server.
Also be sure to check into the bandwidth offered by the host company you are
considering. Bandwidth measures the rate of data transfer in gigabytes. Some
companies offer extremely fast connections that often come with a high price
tag. You can save money by choosing a provider that has slower bandwidth. To
test a potential host company's response time, visit their website at
different times of day. How fast does their site load? A slow-performing
website may indicate the company's bandwidth is already overloaded.
If you will be using features such as private nameservers, anonymous FTP, or
game servers, having several IP addresses could be important. You will want
to make sure that the web host can meet your needs.
Look closely at the company's technical support services. Find out who
handles tech support and what kind of IT credentials and experience they
have. What do the company's current customer's say about their support? Ask
Get it in Writing: Your server does you absolutely no good when it is down.
Look closely at the level of uptime the host company can guarantee. How will
you be compensated if that guarantee is not met?
Get that uptime guarantee along with other important considerations in
writing. Make sure the contract carefully spells out the terms of service,
length of contract, level of service and payment terms. Don't be afraid to
negotiate for the service and guarantees you need.
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