So you’ve navigated the plethora of hosting options out there, and determined that colocation is right for your organization.

But your diligence shouldn’t end there. You’ve got to choose the right host, with the right data center to secure your server.

This blog will arm you with questions to ask and issues to consider as you choose your colocation data center & hosting company.

Why you need to know what you need to know

While servers are expensive tools, the data on your servers is what is valuable.

As Jennifer Svensson, GigeNET’s head of support explains in her blog about data loss:

“Countless work hours have gone into making each server unique, with custom set-ups, modified WordPress templates, blog posts going back years, etc. This is where the value of a server lies: in the data.”

Choosing the right data center means keeping the risk of data loss low. Colocation is a real time and money saver, but—you’ve got to ensure that your valuables are under the watchful eye of an experienced and competent staff.

Otherwise, your investment becomes a costly lesson in how not to manage your infrastructure.


Pick your location wisely: be ready to go there if needed

With colocation, you are ultimately responsible for the installation and maintenance of your server.

Because of this requirement, it’s wise to choose a data center that’s easily accessible to your organization.

Data centers tend to cluster around geographically secure areas that aren’t prone to natural disasters, have a steady and inexpensive supply of water (for cooling) and power (for the servers, naturally)—so check and see if your provider is near other data centers.

This can be a cue that the data center has been carefully planned to take advantage of the area’s existing infrastructure.

What to consider for your location:

  1. Does your potential host have a data center that’s close enough to access in an emergency?
    • Being able to access your physical server when you need to is an oft-overlooked element to choosing your colocation host: you may need to upgrade or service your servers!
  2. Does your provider have multiple data centers across the United States?
    • This offers redundancy and reliability, as well as the potential for faster network connectivity.
  3. Is the provider in a physically secure location?
    • Areas prone to natural disasters (like earthquakes, floods, tornadoes or hurricanes) are hard to avoid entirely—for example, choosing a central US location versus a coastal US location can be a positive trade-off.

Knowing where your servers live creates security by ensuring you can access them—and through a stable outside environment.

Internet connectivity: how fast do you want to go?

Perhaps it’s obvious, but not all data centers are created equal.

Since your server has to connect to the internet do anything at all, it’s crucial to ask about the level of connectivity—and reliability—from the data center.

Here’s what we recommend asking the company’s representatives about the hosting company’s network:

  1. How much bandwidth is available?
    • The more, the better. Does the host offer a network speed test so you can determine it yourself?
  2. How much packet loss is there?
    • Less is more. You’re shooting for as little packet loss as possible.
  3. What’s the average uptime?
    • Anything less than 99% is below the current industry standards. Is their claim also backed up by their Service Level Agreement?
  4. Who are their transit providers?
    • The Tier 1 ISPs in the US (they have access to the entirety of the internet, directly through their physical infrastructure) are AT&T, Cogent, Verizon, Telia, Level 3 & Comcast. Do they have all of these, and others, as transit providers?
  5. What sort of routing optimization does the data center utilize?
    • Not all routing is created equal. With data centers, the fastest route is not always a straight line. They should be able to competently and clearly explain how their routing is optimized and why it’s so fast.

You should demand clear and concise answers to your questions about internet connectivity.

However—it’s vital that you understand your own bandwidth and internet requirements before you seek out requests for proposals. Take stock of your business goals—and current requirements—before shopping around.

Redundancy and backup requirements: your insurance policy

Besides a high-speed connection, data centers typically offer a degree of physical security beyond what your business could provide on-site.

With a good data center, you are protected against natural disasters—as well as insulated from downtime and data loss due to mismanagement.

This security is achieved through two specific areas: power and backups. So what should you consider about power consumption and backups before jumping into a colocation contract?

  1. Data centers need lots of power—and a plan for when power fails.
    • While a power loss event at a data center is rare, they do happen. It’s vital that you ask about the data center’s power backup strategy: do they have an on-site generator? What’s their overall power loss strategy?
  2. Understand what your growth requirements are for the next 5 years
    • If you’re anticipating drastic growth (or stable needs), ask about how the data center plans to grow its power capacity. The more computing power per square foot that the provider plans for, the easier growth will be.
    • Servers like Intel’s Xeon-D have been specifically engineered to harness maximum computing power with minimal energy expenditure—does the data center offer similar high-performing, high-density servers?
  3. Inquire about backup strategies
    • Data archival for the data center’s systems is worth inquiring about.

By ensuring that your data center has covered its bases regarding redundancy and power, you’re ensuring your own uptime—think of it as insurance against costly downtime.

The bells & whistles: consider managed services, even if you don’t think you’ll need them

The effect of turnover in the IT industry means that it’s vital to anticipate a loss of talent. What if your “server pro” leaves the company?

We recommend ensuring that your data center offers some degree of managed services—even if you don’t plan on utilizing them, you can prevent problems by having managed services as a fallback plan in case your talent leaves for greener pastures.

Additionally—managed services allow experts with long-standing experience to see to the health and administration of your servers. If you wind up in a situation where your IT experts can’t solve a problem (or are on vacation when disaster strikes), having managed services as an option—even if you don’t utilize it immediately—can be invaluable.


Another point of consideration: the self-service portal

How you access your servers makes a difference: not all data centers offer the same level of customer-centered software for controlling and managing your servers.

Some don’t offer any custom software at all—which can be fine—but a custom-designed software suite for accessing your servers is more than a luxury, it’s a powerful tool for accomplishing your business goals.

Inquire about how your servers can be accessed, what sorts of granular controls exist and how easy-to-use the software is. You should expect something built with the customer in mind—user friendly with a consistent user experience.

Colocation: still an affordable and reliable option

Colocation offers benefits and savings for organizations that have adequate IT staffing, a realistic vision of their infrastructure requirements and a clear vision for how they’ll meet their current and future goals.

At GigeNET, we’ve got more than 20 years of experience with server hosting—a very long time in this industry. We’ve got a staff of experienced industry veterans backed by three nationwide data centers designed for growth and adaptation to the coming changes in our industry.

If you’re looking for a colocation provider, shop around and utilize the questions we’ve provided here to poke & prod for the truth—but remember that long-time, stable providers are always the best bet.

If you’re ready to try GigeNET’s high-speed network and super-secure data centers, let’s discuss your needs and work toward crafting a custom colocation solution for your organization.

Managed Hosting vs Colocation Hosting

Deciding which hosting plan is right for your organization requires a good grasp of the options. In this blog, we’ll help you compare two common web hosting plans that organizations choose between: managed web hosting and colocation hosting.

Colocation hosting and managed hosting offer tremendous advantages compared to hosting your server on-site, but the details matter – and can determine exactly which strategy is most sensible for your business model.


Managed hosting services: what are they?

Managed web hosting is a form of dedicated hosting.

You’ll purchase your own server, with full administrative control over the details. However, the hosting provider manages the essential physical tasks, while also implementing specialized software and dealing with the difficult tasks of micromanaging a server.

Fully Managed hosting services typically include the following elements, tended to by industry experts:

  1. Server installation and setup at the data center
  2. Approved software installations, according to your specifications
  3. Security monitoring
  4. Comprehensive customer support included
  5. Software updates and management
  6. Data backup and protection

The host signs a contract with the organization called a Service Level Agreement (SLA) which dictates the terms of the provided service. SLAs detail the exact parameters of the depth of service required and provide measurable metrics that the provider must meet.

Managed hosting services offer a real opportunity for small-to-medium sized organizations that lack the capital to keep and maintain their servers on-site, don’t have an appropriate IT team in place, or are time-constrained due to the demands of their business operations.

What are the cost benefits of managed services?

Managed hosting offers an immediate real-world budgetary benefit. It lowers IT overhead by outsourcing the expertise required to manage and host the organization’s infrastructure to seasoned experts at a specialized hosting company.

Finding, hiring, and paying an industry appropriate salary to IT experts can quickly balloon into a headache-inducing project. It’s time consuming to onboard an IT department. It’s difficult to retain true IT talent. Even more prohibitively, true hosting experts are in short supply – so there’s a highly competitive labor market.

Lowering costs through managed hosting services offers a clear benefit: instead of building your own costly IT department, or stretching your existing IT department to its breaking point, you can create a coherent and predictable cost structure for your hosting needs. Unlike cloud services, which are billed like a utility and can introduce unpredictable economic demands, managed hosting services typically have consistent and reliable costs. This means you can plan ahead and focus on your organization’s goals – instead of micromanaging your hosting, or becoming cost-constrained by unexpected demand.

So – what is colocation hosting?

While managed hosting services allow some degree of control and accessibility, colocation hosting allows complete control of all aspects of server hosting to be sourced within your organization.

Colocation hosting means your server sits in the third-party hosting provider’s rack and utilizes the data center’s plethora of power and bandwidth, but is entirely managed and maintained by your IT staff.

Compared to managed hosting services, colocation:

  1. Requires your organization to setup and install the server at the data center
  2. Allows your IT team complete control of all software setup and installation according to your operating procedures
  3. Doesn’t include support except for pay-per-use remote hands in case of emergency
  4. Lets you completely control software updates and management
  5. Puts data protection and security in your hands

While colocation is similar to dedicated hosting (you own – rather than lease – the server), the difference between colocation and managed dedicated hosting is the level of control. With colocation, your IT team has unilateral control over all aspects of your server’s management and implementation.

The cost benefits of colocation web hosting

We’ve discussed the difference between colocation and managed hosting – so how does colocation keep costs lower?

Colocation cuts costs compared to on-premise deployments through:

  1. Lowering the price of power consumption
  2. Cutting the cost of owning and operating networking hardware
  3. Offering significantly more bandwidth compared to a typical business location
  4. Offering superior physical security measures compared to an on-site deployment
  5. Enabling IT departments to expand their expertise through remote-hands services

Simply put: a colocation data center offers organizations steep discounts on the intrinsic physical costs of keeping servers on-site.

Compared to a managed or dedicated hosting provider, colocation also offers cost-saving benefits:

  1. Over the long term, an equipment lease will usually cost more than purchasing the equipment
  2. When migrating from an on-premises deployment, you already have the hardware

Data centers like GigeNET’s nationwide locations offer deep discounts on power consumption, superior bandwidth availability and security against emergencies like fires, theft and damage. Data centers like ours are specifically designed with the environment that servers need by providing proper cooling, inexpensive power, fire mitigation systems and expert 24/7 oversight.

There’s an additional benefit, as well: colocation significantly reduces the risk associated with keeping your valuable servers and data on-site and merely hoping a disaster never occurs.

Colocation is ideal for an enterprise that has robust IT requirements, a competent IT team and a specific awareness of their needs. If any of these elements are missing, GigeNET highly recommends our powerful managed hosting solutions.

How to choose what’s best for your organization

Colocation and managed hosting are two effective options for organizations that demand high-quality internet infrastructure. The difference comes down to the level of granular control that’s required for your organization’s tasks and the level of expertise you have access to within your organization.

Ultimately, both colocation and managed services offer tangible time and money savings compared to keeping your server on-site. The choice comes down to evaluating whether your organization can meet the technical demands of colocation hosting, or if it needs the expertise that managed hosting offers.

At GigeNET, we’re focused on providing our partners with the resources and expertise they need so they can focus on what really matters: achieving their organization’s goals instead of babysitting their server and worrying about their infrastructure.

We’ve got more than 20 years of experience in the server hosting industry. Our data centers and managed services are designed to meet and exceed the needs of organizations of every size – big, medium or small.

Let us help you customize your hosting plan so you can get back to business.

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Colocation hosting is a lower-cost server hosting strategy using a provider’s high-speed 24/7 internet services, excellent operational security, superior availability and long-term stability while using the customer’s current server inventory.

Typically, colocation hosting improves business operations, cuts capital costs and boosts the quality of service that customers experience.

Colocation takes the client’s existing server infrastructure and moves it from the customer’s on-premise deployment to the colocation provider’s datacenter.

From an organizational standpoint, the bottom-line benefits of colocation hosting are:

  • Offloading tremendously expensive network infrastructure management costs to specialized hosting experts
  • Leverage the colocation provider’s power contracts to drastically reduce energy costs
  • Access to a colocation provider’s multi-million dollar network

Colocation allows organizations to focus exclusively on managing their operations and improving their products while lowering their IT budget overhead, using servers that have already been purchased.


What is colocation?

Colocation is placing an organization’s physical server in a hosting company’s data center. The organization puts their server on the provider’s rack and uses the provider’s power and network connections.

The colocation hosting company provides the following services:

  • Physical security
  • High speed internet access
  • Uninterrupted power
  • Enterprise heating and cooling
  • Physical disaster mitigation

Colocation providers have in-depth knowledge about maintenance and resource provisioning for a variety of organizational needs. This specialized knowledge allows businesses to avoid costly investments in internet technology infrastructure.

Hiring IT experts, paying them commensurate salaries and simultaneously paying for expensive network hardware and an appropriately designed hosting facility is prohibitively expensive and time consuming for virtually every organization.

Knowledgeable, expert staff with significant experience in the hosting industry tend to data centers on a round-the-clock basis. Rather than paying a high premium for keeping their IT staff on-call, and trained in the latest methods and network technology, colocation offers businesses peace of mind and lowered operating costs compared to on-site IT operations.

For example – GigeNET’s expert engineers and service technicians typically have more than 5 years of direct data center experience – and are required to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date with ongoing training and education.

To summarize – colocation means organizations side-step one of the expensive and risky elements required for any business in today’s world: hosting their information technology.

How does colocation work?

With colocation services, your organization purchases its own server hardware and software. The hosting provider handles the network, power and housing demands for maintaining the stringent environments that modern servers require.

Colocation providers do not actually touch the physical server unless customers purchase direct administration, typically called called remote hands is required.

You’re responsible for setting up and configuring your server to meet your organization’s needs, as well as managing the physical aspects (such as replacing an old server).

Organizations that utilize colocation require a fairly strong grasp of what they’ll do with their server, how they’ll do it and what hardware and software add-ons they’ll require to accomplish their hosting goals. Which is why most colocation customers are those who have picked up their current IT infrastructure out of the current on-premise environment and moved it to the colocation provider’s datacenter.

Since servers must be accessed remotely, the organization’s server is accessed and controlled via console.

Colocation offers geographic flexibility with the confidence that an expert staff has boots on the ground to manage physical issues at the data center in case of an emergency. The primary benefits are leveraging a data center’s power contracts and bandwidth capabilities. In an emergency, remote hands are available for an hourly fee.

If your server requires a large amount of bandwidth and maximum uptime and your organization can manage the installation, maintenance and software supervision internally, colocation offers huge savings and risk reduction over keeping your server on-site.

How much does colocation cost?

Colocation is priced according to:

  • The physical space that the server(s) takes up in the data center
  • The degree of network connectivity required
  • How power is delivered to the cluster
  • The amount of on-site support services required (on a pay-per-use basis)

With colocated hosting, your organization pays for the amount of physical space that your server requires. For an organization with robust needs that can’t summon capital to invest in their own high-grade server containment environment, colocation offers a realistic and affordable solution.

To price out your specific colocation services, contact one of our network architects or our expert sales staff. It’s likely that we’ve designed a setup for an organization similar to yours.

GigeNET offers a wide range of flexible and customizable colocation options that can enable your organization to take significant strides at a lower cost than you’ve imagined. Our services begin at a mere $135 a month and are backed by an industry-leading service level agreement.


How to choose the best colocation provider

Colocation hosts like GigeNET offer options based on how much space your server needs. Organizations can lease a shared cage for their server – or for more vigorous applications, an entire cage for their collection of servers.

For applications that require an additional layer of security, organizations can invest in their own cabinet. This setup helps avoid the unlikely possibility that you’ll have “bad neighbors” who overload their power circuit or require constant physical access to their server. This also means no one else is going near your organization’s server, keeping already low risk at an absolute minimum.

In colocation hosting, thwarting downtime starts with your data center. We’ve invested heavily in our Chicago colocation data center to create an ideal environment to protect your valuable data and infrastructure in case of an unlikely emergency.

When you’re choosing a colocation provider, ask about whether they’re proactively maintaining and updating their data center. We suggest inquiring about these crucial details:

  • Do they have staff on-site to help with remote hands, or do they rely on a contract with outsiders to handle emergencies?
  • Do they have experience hosting businesses comparable to yours?
  • How long have they been in the colocation business?
  • Can they offer customizable solutions, or is it a one-size-fits-all colocation provider?

A note about managed services in regards to colocation

Unfortunately, colocation providers rarely provide server & customer-owned systems management.


Because of system complexity.

Colocation deployments are typically performed according to the organization’s standard operating procedure (SOP) – which can run completely counter to the provider’s SOP.

When a colocation provider starts adding more and more organizations to its data center, these SOPs begin to introduce a high degree of complexity to the operation of the data center. Supporting all of these varying SOPs vastly reduces support efficiency.

In the end, customers suffer.

If your organization requires more support, consider recycling or selling off old server harder and purchasing a private cloud or dedicated servers from a Managed Hosting provider like GigeNET.

We’ve already helped hundreds of companies make the transition from colocation to fully managed services.

Since colocation requires some degree of knowledge to successfully orchestrate, many businesses without a dedicated IT department choose to move their IT infrastructure to a dedicated server solution using managed services instead of relying on colocation.

With dedicated servers, the customer leases servers from the provider’s inventory and configured jointly with the customer’s use case and the provider’s standards in mind. On top of this configuration, the customer may opt to add managed services. Although the details are different from provider to provider, managed services defines the system administration of the environment becomes the responsibility of the provider. In this manner, providers not only administer the network, but they also administer the server hardware and some providers will also administer the operating system.

Clients that have made this transition find much greater freedom to conduct business than just moving your server off-site via colocation.

If colocation seems like too much responsibility – we have a solution to help your organization achieve its goals.

It’s typically much less expensive to utilize a hosting company’s managed services instead of creating an IT department from scratch to handle your colocation services.

Are you ready for colocation?

GigeNET has been in the colocation industry for over two decades – longer than our competitors have existed, much less, focused on the organizational IT needs of businesses. We offer a team of experts for advice and service, and pride ourselves on being champions for our customers and advocates for a better internet.

Our prices are affordable. Our network is blisteringly fast. We want to be your hosting partner for life.

Let us show you how our secure colocation facility and long-standing expertise can serve your organization. Chat with a specialist or order now.


With winter in full blast in Chicago and across much of the United States, it is important to make adjustments to the mechanical systems of GigeNET’s Chicago datacenter to make sure we can handle it. To ensure the most optimal datacenter conditions year-round, quarterly inspections and spot checks are performed to the environment for our client’s mission-critical equipment, along with total inspections that occur on a yearly basis.

HVAC All Year

Even with the frigid winter arriving, our Chicago datacenter must keep the HVAC units in prime working condition. The heat generated by the machines means keeping cool inside the data center is a top priority year round, and special adjustments must be done before seasons start to change. For the winter, all of GigeNET’s HVAC systems are serviced, humidification controls are activated, and everything is double checked to ensure they’re working 100%. Humidification systems are also necessary to offset static electricity and electrostatic discharge from low humidity in the datacenter, which can lead to damaged IT equipment and massive downtime.

Back Up Power

The need for backup power is critical to datacenters to ensure the uptime that our clients require, so prepping the generator before the it gets covered in snow is a must. Our back up generator gets topped off with 2000 gallons of diesel fuel – enough to keep our datacenter powered for over 50 hours with our current load – and we have contracts with 3 separate oil companies with 4 hour Service Level Agreements, regardless of the weather. We add winter additives to improve cold weather start up and prevent the diesel gas from fuel gelling. A full load bank is conducted for 2 hours as well as trials utilizing our automatic transfer switch (ATS). The ATS’s are tested to ensure that the backup generator will perform as expected in the event of a power outage. In addition to the HVAC’s and generators, our UPS, fire suppression, and VEDSA smoke detection systems have all had their preventative maintenance performed.

GigeNET has prepared our Chicago datacenter to meet our clients needs this winter by performing countless environmental adjustments to ensure optimal performance. And just as everyone else begins to settle into the winter, we here at GigeNET are already looking towards making adjustments for the spring.

Which of our three datacenters is right for you? Explore our datacenters.

A recent edition of the UK The Economist had an interesting article called “The Server Market; Shifting Sands”. What the article highlighted was the fragile and fluid nature of the global server market. What stands out in the article is the decline in server revenue for the two leading server manufacturers HP and IBM when comparing Q1 2013 to Q1 2012 ($3.0 B down from $3.5 B). What is surprising is the declines are at a time when the demand for data centre based content is growing. While not directly analogous to the server market growth, content is processed and accessed by the server, so the demand for processing resources and storage go hand in hand. Understanding the growth in content helps frame the challenge the data centre engineers face as they plan ahead. At the end of 2012, an article in Computer Weekly referenced a study by EMC estimating 2.8 ZB of data was created in 2012 (2.8 trillion gigabytes) and will double every year until 2020. The Economist article continued to comment on the trend of the mega data centre builders, such as Facebook and Google. These companies are building mega data centres to host a large percentage of this ever expanding content. What The Economist highlights is that some organizations are avoiding the mainstream manufacturers and designing their own servers and buying directly from contract manufacturers in Taiwan to reduce cost. The reported revenue decline of the top two server manufactures was approximately 15%, and out of the next three largest server manufacturers (based on revenue), only Dell managed to increase their revenue. The underlying question is whether this is the start of a shift in server buying patterns or whether it remains limited to a small subset of the large data centre builders.

One potential factor which could be impacting server revenue is virtualization. Software virtualization vendors continue to claim increasing server performance and optimization benefits. What’s not clear is the real impact on server sales. The server manufacturers are most certainly studying the trends and they will be more than aware of the impact of market changes in the adjacent PC manufacturing industry. Dell and HP worked hard to maintain market leadership in the Netbook and Desktop PC markets, only to see an overnight shift from PC to tablets. The top four manufacturers of tablets are Apple, Samsung, Amazon and ASUS. HP and Dell are nowhere to be seen. While a similar disruptive technology such as tablets is not on the horizon for the server market, the trend towards low cost custom servers must be giving cause for concern. This may explain the recent publicized (but failed) discussion between IBM and Lenovo over selling IBM’s server business.

Given the fluid nature of the server market, the increasing impact of virtualization and changing trends in storage technologies, the network infrastructure needs to be a scalable and flexible adaption layer, which can be uncoupled from the physical server and storage technologies. This includes the ability to adapt to changes in physical server and storage technologies, but more importantly adapt and integrate with emerging trends in virtualization technologies. Network virtualization has traditionally been loosely coupled to server virtualization layer. This is now changing and software will play a critical role in the next generation network infrastructure. The Juniper Networks JunosV contrail is a standards based SDN controller solutions, which can abstract application service requirements and automate end to end orchestration of the network and service-chaining of L4-L7 services. This is the industry’s first truly open standards-based IP solution. The potential for this type of controller is wide and we can expect an evolution of standards and protocols to enhance new service functionality. The controller is a software based platform, which will be able to adapt quickly to new standards, but it is also important that the network layer can adapt as well. This is where Juniper Networks believes the choice of network infrastructure is going to be important. Switching technology which is programmable at the hardware and software level is going to be required. This is where we believe Juniper has further leadership. A good example is the new EX9200, which was recently launched as the industries first programmable SDN switch; this allows the hardware and software to be adapted to support new functionality, avoiding costly hardware refresh cycles. In a fluid market it is always good to be prepared for change. For more information on Juniper Networks’ SDN strategy read Bob Muglia’s blog post Decoding SDN.

Colocation hosting gives businesses the service of putting servers in a high tech colocation facility which will provide ether a 100Mbps, 1,000Mbps, 10,000Mbps Internet connection. Enterprise can manage their servers remotely and the colocation host provider provides 24/7 maintenance and server support. If you have your own server, this is an effective option if you require a large amount of bandwidth and need maximum up-time.

With colocation, you can utilize a server as if they were right there on the business premises. Servers can be collocated and accessed through a Terminal Server such as a Windows 2000/2003 Server or VNC such as Linux, Windows, or Unix Servers. Both offer a ‘console’ view of the server from any location in the world. As well, they are very easy to manage as the colocation facility has excellent remote services. This is a service where you can email or call in to have the data center perform physical tasks such as typing commands to recover a server.  The data center facility will have staff on site 24/7/365 to help do the remote tasks. Whether you are an hour away from the data center or on the other side of the world, you have quick and efficient management of your servers.

Colocation Cabinets

Most colocation facilities offer a couple of space options. One option is renting a rack in a shared cage. The other option is getting a locked colocation cabinet.  Colocation Cabinets are popular because they are secure and you can easily add another cabinet. With one of the racks in a cage, there is a possibility of someone tripping over wires and accidentally taking down a company’s collocated services. colocation full cabinets are the most popular space option.

Full Cabinet vs. Shared Cabinets

A Full Secure Cabinet is a more beneficial choice for a number of reasons.  Full Cabinet provides improved security because no one else would be going in the cabinet. With shared cabinets, another company’s staff could be going in and out of the cabinet.  As well, if you were to acquire part of a rack, then the colocation cabinet space and power will be shared so if another company in the cabinet overloaded the power circuit it would bring your equipment down. An individual cabinet with your own dedicated power circuit provides protection against such events. As well, if you only acquired a part of a cabinet then when you upgraded to the full cabinet your equipment, you will have to set up your network again. The result would be unnecessary downtime.

Colocation services are all about fast 24/7 service, security, high availability, and stability. For companies looking for the most efficient and secure server accommodations in a data center, the full cabinet is often the most favored choice.


Get started with GigeNET’s Chicago Colocation facility for as little as $135 a month. 

Colocation hosting offers many benefits over conventional dedicated server hosting. Most data centers offer a remote service so if your server needs a task performed like an OS reinstall which can only be performed from the console, the connectivity that the equipment receives will normally be more efficient than what you would receive from a dedicated server. This is because your equipment is not surrounded by other customer’s equipment so your connection speed will not be negatively affected.

A colocation data center is an efficient solution because the data center has full power backup such as Generators in combination with UPS systems. This helps guarantee maximum availability, which hosts offer in a range of 99.9% to 99.999%. Data center collocation enables businesses to concentrate on boosting profit and revenue. The server housed in a data center will be in safe hands and receive quality 24/7 support.

A data center’s team of professionals offer fully managed support services including OS installation and configuration to a server reboot. In addition, a data center eliminates the need for expensive equipment such as generators and UPSs. A client’s servers will be protected by the best in server colocation professional services.

When you choose a colocation hosting plan, your own server is installed in a rack in a high tech secure data center that is owned and managed by the colocation provider. In addition you will benefit from efficient network and bandwidth resilience when connecting to the internet. Most colocation data centers have numerous feeds to different bandwidth carriers to ensure the best redundancy.

Colocation services are available from web hosts by using their private racks. Or, a customer can pay a data center directly to have their server located in a rack that is run by the data center. Other equipment such as storage equipment and networking equipment can also be collocated within server racks.

Explore our Chicago Colocation datacenter.

Colocation Hosting offers Businesses more Freedom and Flexibility

For a business that has developed the infrastructure, such as acquiring their own server to run a high traffic website, they need to ensure that they have the tools and resources to keep their online operations running smoothly and efficiently. This means they will likely need to find the right web hosting solution to accommodate their growing and changing enterprise needs. When you purchase your own server, you need the space, equipment, 24/7 IT team, to effectively run and manage the server. This includes proper ventilation, room temperature, physical security, and more. With colocation hosting, you don’t have to worry about these details and the immense costs of maintaining your own server on-site.

Features of a Colocation Hosting Plan

Colocation hosting is a hosting service offered by an hosting provider who will store your server in their secure and properly maintained data center facility. You will send your server to them and they will assistance a custom server rack to house it. The data center is a secure facility with 24/7 physical protection. As well, the facility operations will ensure proper environmental conditions including flood and fire suppression devices.

At the facility, your server will be connected to the Internet through a multiple high-speed connections. As well, there will be automatic server backups, disaster recovery solutions, and effective server redundancy. In more comprehensive plans, you will receive technical support.

Colocation Hosting Benefits

Safety and stability are key features Colocation hosting provides. For a nominal monthly fee, you will receive full support which will save you a lot of money if you were going to house and run the server from your office, Colocation hosting providers also make automatic backups of your entire Web server on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis so that your websites are online 24/7/365.

With colocation hosting, you can do whatever you like regarding software and hardware configurations because you are maintaining ownership of your server. You have complete control over disk space, bandwidth, databases, and other features associated with server expansion. If you own the server, colocation hosting is well worth exploring as an ideal web hosting solution.

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Colocation hosting is type of web hosting that provides customers with server space in a state-of-the-art data center. Customers will give their server to the data center where it will be housed in a secure space. Colocation hosting is one of the more expensive types of web hosting and is chosen by large enterprise that has extensive equipment and software requirements. When purchasing colocation hosting it is important to be aware of the initial start-up costs so that you can budget accordingly.

Private Web Server

With colocation hosting, you will have to buy your own web server. The price of a web server can vary according to the model and capabilities. Value will be determined by processor speed and RAM (Random Access Memory.) The higher the performance of the web server the more you will pay. Generally, the price of web server can range from $1500 to over $10,000. If you already have a web server than you will save a lot of money on your start-up costs.

Delivering the Server to the Data Centre

Once you have your server, you will have to ship it to the data center. The price of shipping will depend on the location of the data center facility, the size of the server, and the weight of the server. You will also likely have to purchase shipping insurance which can be a few hundred dollars. Costs to ship the server can vary from $100 to $1000.

Service and Support

If you get a basic colocation plan, the cost of service will not be much more than if you have a dedicated host plan. With colocation hosting, you will be paying for the costs associated with housing the server in a secure data center facility. There will be some administration costs associated with the provider maintaining the server and maintaining internet connectivity. If you purchase a plan where the colocation provider provides more comprehensive support such as server monitoring, software upgrades, etc, you will pay more. Fully managed colocation plans can vary from $250 to over $500 per month, depending on the server rack space used.

The actual start-up costs of colocation hosting can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars for a basic plan to $5,000 or more for more comprehensive plans and the costs associated with shipping and housing the server. Find out more on colocation hosting plans from today!

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Engineered for Flexibility, Reliability and Cost-efficiency

Colocation Hosting is one type of server hosting that is well worth considering. Colocation hosting gives businesses an efficient way to host their servers and equipment while improving their business operations, cutting their capital costs, and improving their service levels.

About Colocation

With Colocation hosting, the physical server machine is put in a data center and placed in the provider’s rack and they use the bandwidth as their own. Or, a server machine is rented from the colocation provider. The hosting company provides the bandwidth, IP, and power.  Businesses will not have to invest in IT infrastructure that includes maintaining a data center. Instead of managing equipment, colocation also allows a company to manage business performance. Colocation providers have the knowledge, expert staff, and experience required to operate a data center. Businesses will have peace of mind knowing that their IT environment is managed to their required service level goals.

With colocation hosting, the hosting company provides and maintains the internet connectivity and security of the database facility such as physical security protection, uninterrupted power supplies, air-conditioning, and flood and fire controls. As well, the customer will choose the hardware configuration of the server and the software that will be installed on the server.

Colocation Pricing

When it comes to colocation pricing, the customer pays for the physical space that their server takes up in the data center facility. Colocation pricing is based on a number of factors such as the amount of conditioned power required and how the power is delivered such as active-active, active, or active-passive. Network connectivity and other remote support services may affect the costs for colocation services. When purchasing colocation services, factors that should be taken into consideration include: space, power, network, remote support, and service level agreement. Colocation hosting is a cost-effective way to host a website as customers pay for only the amount of space they need. Full Cabinet Colocation is ideal for businesses requiring data center space to hold multiple servers.

Ideal IT Enterprise Solution

Risk mitigation, data backup and disaster recovery are important features offered through colocation. Customers will rest easy knowing their data stays secure and safe. Other important advantages of colocation hosting include: high performance, plenty of space and bandwidth, secure monitoring of the servers, flexible resource allocation, and dynamic scalability. Colocation hosting is a perfect hosting solution for a business seeking to grow a high performing website without the hassle of maintaining the server infrastructure.

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