A colocation server – or colocation hosting – is a server that you own, but gets installed outside your premises. So your server on rented land. A colocation server has a third name: Colo. A colocation server is a way of managing its hosting that many companies feel comfortable with. Unlike shared hosting, the company’s data resides on its server, but the company retains the benefits of shared hosting, with the entire handling of the physical server outside the company. Historically, this is a stage of development, which follows how IT development is otherwise conducted. As the development moved from the big mainframes in big data centers, the companies took home service and IT operations, but now IT is increasingly outsourced. With a colocation server, you have the benefits of both solutions.
Secure physical frames Secure physical frames
If you choose a colocation server solution for your business, you maintain your physical server but install it in an external data center. It can affect the security that surrounds your equipment and data – something that is becoming increasingly important. Both for the company itself, but also for its customers, suppliers, users in general, who must be confident that their data is handled properly. An external data center where your colocation server can stand will typically have a higher level of security than a regular business can offer – both guards, alarm systems and perhaps biometric control as an extra security link. Besides, there will be fire protection and safeguarding of equipment and data from outside intrusion as well as systems that ensure operation,
Colocation provides more benefits Colocation provides several benefits
Physical security is one element that weighs heavily on many companies and public organizations when choosing a colocation server solution. They retain ownership of their physical server but leave it to an external data center to make sure that physical security is in place with everything it entails. But there are several benefits to a colocation server solution. Among other things, you as a company get more power on your solution – You get a larger bandwidth, and often at a lower price than you could get yourself. You could say that you can take advantage of economies of scale, which can otherwise be difficult to obtain as a single business. Typically, there will also be better protection against power outages and typically 24-hour staffing, so you are guaranteed uptime as close to 100 percent as possible.
Control on your affairs Manage on your circumstances
Are you a company that wants to control your things? Yes, of course, any business manager will respond. A colocation server solution is a special option for this: By choosing to have your server located in an external data center, you can leverage the structure and framework that this data center offers you – while maintaining your control over a range of conditions. With a colocation server solution, you gain access to a specially designed data center with optimal infrastructure while also having your control over server maintenance, the configuration of servers, etc. You can also benefit from being physically freed up in your own house with a colocation server. That space can be used for office workplaces,
Colocate your business-critical equipment in one of Derbyshire secure, state-of-the-art data centers that connect directly to our Tier 1 network. From extensive power backup systems to complete fire detection and suppression plans, each facility is constructed to ensure the safety and security of your equipment.
Cogent owns and operates 54 data centers in North America and Europe. Click here for a complete list of our data center locations and here for a virtual tour of Cogent Data Centers.
FULL SLA. Our SLA guarantees 100% global network availability, 99.9% packet delivery, less than 45 milliseconds roundtrip latency and proactive outage notification within 15 minutes.
FULL RACK. In most of our locations, we offer a full (39U) rack where others might offer a half or a third. The rack includes a cross-connect to Cogent bandwidth at no cost and competitively priced 20- or 30-amp circuits.
RAPID INSTALLATION. Your service will be installed in 17 days or less—guaranteed. Most service installations average just 8 days.
CUSTOMER SUPPORT. Technical expertise is just a phone call away 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
MONITORING. All data centers are monitored 24×7, as is our network.
OTHER SERVICES. Select from Dedicated Internet Access, Ethernet Point-to-Point or Helping Hands.
Cogent 10 Mbps Colo. Designed for our smaller customers, this service provides ample connectivity and rack space with plenty of room to grow.
Cogent 100 Mbps Colo. Cogent’s flagship offering, Fast Ethernet connectivity provides enough bandwidth to fully promote your business. You never have to worry about bottlenecks.
Cogent 1,000 Mbps Colo. For the larger players, connectivity at 1,000 Mbps. Many of our larger customers are adding GigEs regularly as their businesses grow.
Cogent 10,000 Mbps Colo. Never worry again about how much traffic you generate – with 10,000 Mbps or multiples thereof, your applications and content will reach visiting end-users without bandwidth constraints.
Cogent Utility Computing. If you don’t want to worry about ordering and setting up your servers, just use Cogent’s! Select the right configuration for your application or content delivery platform, and we will provide you with fully dedicated servers, designed for high bandwidth output.
Many companies still keep their server equipment in the office. As part of securing your data and your applications, you can move your equipment to any of any colocation hosting. And there are many benefits to it, such as Tele2’s backbone network which includes shell protection, fire protection, and cooling and redundant power supply.
In our data center, all exterior doors are made of steel and windows at ground level have to steel shutters. They are equipped with motion sensors and doors and windows are equipped with opening switches. Ventilation grilles, windows, and gates are also equipped with vibration switches. Outside the entrance are surveillance cameras and some rooms have camera surveillance. The control system allows access to the data centers only using personally coded access cards.
All electrical installations are based on an N + 1 solution consisting of so-called “No break” systems (uninterruptible power source), batteries and backup systems (diesel-powered generators). This means that an extra battery system and an extra diesel generator have been installed. All data centers have UPS systems to guarantee power without power nails, which can affect server equipment. The UPS also allows the data center to power the equipment in the event of a power failure before the diesel starts running.
The cooling system we use is also built following the N + 1 principle. Therefore, an additional cooling unit has been installed. The air conditioning system – which enables environmentally friendly IT use and natural cooling – ensures that the room temperature in the data centers is always following best practices for the IT and telecommunications industry. We like to use more environmentally friendly alternatives and invest in frequency fans, water cooling, and air cooling if possible.
Fire protection for data center
Sensitive fire alarm systems have been installed in the data centers. These include air analysis systems and ion alarms that analyze air at various locations in the room and warn of any smoke generation and fire. The server rooms are a separate fire cell with at least BD60 partitions against other rooms and at least BD30 doors against the corridors. Alarms from the fire-fighting system, access control, and CTS systems are sent to an operating and monitoring center within Tele2, at the same time as text messages are sent to selected persons within Tele2 or alarms to Tele2’s service desk. We also have a direct connection to a fire alarm rescue service.