What is Colocation and How Does it Work?

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Written By: Oplink.net | Last Updated: August 2022

We have gathered everything you will need to know about colocation, so that you have all the information at your fingertips. This way, you can decide what will work best for you. 

We’ll explain what colocation is –  the advantages and disadvantages of it – and what a colocation datacenter actually is.

What is Colocation? 

Colocation – or a colocation facility – allows businesses to rent out a space for a business’ servers and other computing hardware. 

Colocation can provide: 

  • Rackspace
  • Cooling
  • Power
  • Bandwidth
  • Physical security
  • High-speed Internet from 1-100 Gbps
  • DDoS Protection

Rackspace can be leased in the Oplink.net facility per device. Colocation facilities provide a high level of core support for server equipment.

What Are Colocation Services?

Colocation services mean that customers can purchase equipment and pay the colocation facility for the space and resources in the datacenter. 

To establish a colocation hosting arrangement, the customer must have a physical server that they own. This means, they are leasing space, Internet, power, security, and technical support from Oplink.net.

How Much Does Colocation Cost?

Ultimately, the overall cost depends on your needs. Costs can vary on how much space, number of devices  and power a business needs. Oplink.net racks and cabinets are used to provide colocation space. 

Our Houston colocation pricing starts at $79 for a single 1U server. We remove the hassle of contracts and offer servers on a month-to-month basis. We provide all ethernet cables, power cables, rackmounts and installation for no extra charges. You just bring or ship your gear to our datacenter and we rack it for you.

Benefits of Colocation 

There are many benefits for businesses that want to use colocation services. Some of these advantages include: 

  • Monthly cost is less expensive than leasing comparable dedicated server equipment
  • Customers can use the server and storage hardware for their own requirements. 
  • High-level of datacenter security.
  • On-site tech support services.
  • Reliable 24/7 power with battery and generator backup.

Oplinjk.net provides its tenants with a guaranteed SLA (service level agreement).

Colocation vs Public Cloud

A colocation and a public cloud may seem like the same thing, but they have major differences. 

Colocation provides a physical location for business hardware devices. This service provides cooling, connectivity and power, but it’s up to the customers to bring their own hardware. 

On the other hand, a public cloud provider offers virtual hardware to customers. The cloud cost depends on storage, network speed/data transfer, and computing resources they need.

Find a Colocation Datacenter to Suit Your Needs

Colocation facilities have a number of fantastic benefits and costs to suit everyone’s needs. 

Colocation is great for value for money and provides a high level of security, cooling, power, and high speed internet.  In addition, being connected to the Oplink.net network protects you against DDoS attacks.  Colocation appeals to small to medium sized businesses, especially with on-site tech support to put your mind at ease.

Get in touch and see how Oplink.net can help you with your colocation needs.

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