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How Managed Colocation Hosting Can Be the Right Choice for SMBs?

You have built or bought a Server for your small business. In the initial days, you can manage running it from your business premises. After some days, as the business grows, you have two choices.

1.  To build a full-fledged data center and continue in-house or

2. Move your server to a third-party facility.

The second option is called server colocation and a highly recommended option in today’s competitive business environment. It is a service that enables an organization to store their IT applications and servers at a third-party data center rather than on-premise.

Although there is an option of managing the server on your own, you can also buy the managed colocation hosting. This will relieve the burden of maintaining the server and save your technical experts considerable time on travel.

Avoids Investment in Infrastructure

Maintaining servers in-house will become an expensive affair which you must control. You could use the finances to build up your business with new services and products. On-premise data center will incur investments in power backups, cooling, safety devices, and accessories. You must be redundant with backup equipment to fall back on. All these can run into high figures. Server colocation hosting will eliminate these investments. Your expenditure will be on your server, its maintenance, and the staff to manage it.

In case your business does not require technical experts, you could buy the managed colocation hosting from a reliable provider. This will allow you to focus on your core business while your hosting service will configure and manage the technical functions of the server.

Advantages of Managed Colocation Hosting

Total focus on core business applications
Nil investment in data center infrastructure
Reduced energy bills

What the Managed Services Include:

A problem that can be seen in colocation is finding a provider close to your business. Your technical team must shuttle from your business premises to the data center. You must negotiate with your host for remote hands support. If some major issue crops up, it could have an impact on the site performance until your team reaches there. In managed colocation hosting, your service provider will have their experts monitoring, maintaining and managing the server for you. The services they provide include:

1. Software installation, software updates, hardware deployment, maintenance.

2. OS reinstallation, upgrades, server reboots, configuration changes, etc.

3. network troubleshooting, latency changes, logging errors, server backup, restoration.

4. managing network equipment, configuring and monitoring switches, routers, firewalls.

5. 24/7 server monitoring, daily scanning, deploying firewalls, ensuring maximum uptime and availability.

Managed colocation hosting does not mean your data is not in your control. You are paying for a service where all the digital aspects are handled by your provider. Unlike in web hosting, in colocation, you are the deciding authority. You decide on the server specifications. Ask for any software to be installed that your business requires. You have complete authority to increase the RAM, bandwidth, server space etc. You get 24/7 support over phone, chat, email etc. in case you wish to talk regarding the server.

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How Managed Colocation Hosting Can Be the Right Choice for SMBs?


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