Colocation: Back to the Basics

The time has come where your data has outgrown its current quarters, and a secondary data center is necessary for business continuity. While larger enterprises may opt to build a new facility, many companies cannot afford the steep investment. Fortunately, new construction may not always be the best option when considering an expansion in the data department.

As an economic alternative, data centers offer colocation services to host your telecom equipment.

Here is a simple breakdown of Colocation and how it can benefit your business:

1. Bandwidth costs

Outsourcing your servers can eliminate expensive bandwidth costs. Since you are directly acquiring the data centers resources, you are able to prorate a fraction of the bandwidth.

 2. Security

Providing security to your data is standard for data centers. With surveillance, key-card access, alarm systems, and on staff security, data centers can protect your most valuable data. Do your research to see which companies are going above and beyond when it comes to security measures.

 3. Emergency preparedness and response

To combat inclement weather and natural disaster, data centers are prepared to protect your equipment. While you may currently take precautionary measures to keep your servers safe, like obtaining an on-site generator and back-up fuel, potential risk can be substantially minimized with the expert emergency systems of data centers.

4. Space

Many companies seek colocation services simply because they have outgrown their own space. By choosing colocation you are gaining valuable estate to house your telecom equipment. A data center provides a space solely dedicated to keep you up and running and eliminates the capital investment of maintaining your own data center.

5. Ownership

As the owner of your telecom equipment, you have full control over the servers and software. If you decide operations are running too slow or you could use more memory, you can simply upgrade the equipment yourself.

6. Location

Once you have chosen a data center you have the space to securely store your equipment. This means a change to your address will not affect your data, as it will all be maintained in a single place. In addition, data centers are built solely to house telecom equipment. Therefore, their location is evaluated to minimize the risk of external factors in the surrounding area.

Finally, to ensure you the highest level of service, data centers around the country employ knowledgeable IT staff to manage and maintain your equipment. By partnering up with a colocation provider you can eliminate the overhead costs and still gain the benefits of having data center.

Patrick Hosting Colocation Infographic

To learn more about the colocation services offered at Patrick Hosting you can email or call (866) 579-3728.

Web Hosting for Small Business Owners

Creating a website for your business opens your door to a whole new market of customers, but also invites a lot of tough questions during the process. Where exactly does my website live? Is this the best home for my site?

When it comes to web hosting, you may not be aware of all the available options: shared hosting, virtual servers, and dedicated servers.

Many small business websites utilize shared hosting, because it provides the lowest cost of entry of the available options. However, room for growth is limited on a shared server. With several sites hosted on the same server, they share the same resources, including RAM, processor, and hard drive space.

Ownership of the space belongs to the web host and the server houses hundreds of other tenants, resulting in decreased reliability, security and performance.

For a lot of companies, this kind of hosting is sufficient. They only need a small storage space to accommodate a moderate amount of visitors. So, estimate your daily website traffic. If you anticipate more than a couple hundred visitors a day, you may want to consider a space with more room like a virtual server.

Depending on the size of your operation, a virtual server could be ideal if you intend to do significant sales through your website. A virtual server can also be great for websites where a small amount of streaming audio and video is needed. By using a virtual server you can increase visitors without sacrificing performance and also have the flexibility for future growth.

If your business operations involve data-intensive applications, dedicated servers, may be the best investment for your company. With a dedicated server you gain complete freedom. Since your server is not shared, other websites cannot affect your performance and scalability is infinite.

Where will your website live?