WHAT IS IT?
Co-location is simply floor space, power, cooling, and sometimes bandwidth in a service provider’s data center. These data centers are redundant with many available carriers, dual fiber paths, and dual power sources, meaning they offer protection against network or power failures. The amount of space rented is entirely up to the client—anywhere from a partial rack to an entire data center. Enterprise-class service providers offer various compliance's (SSAE 16, PCI, HIPAA, NIST, etc.) and more than 99.9% SLA’s for up-time. Co-location can be combined with other cloud solutions such as cloud computing, managed applications, and managed databases. Ask your Technology Broker more about this.
Co-location Customer Example: A customer was relocating as they grew and wanted to avoid purchasing new IT equipment and facilities as their growth continued. They found a co-location facility that could support their current infrastructure (one rack) and much more as needed. The service provider offered protection against malicious attacks and power and network failures, as well as incorporating remote offsite backup to further protect the customer’s data. As the customer continued to expand, they were able to focus on other areas of the business without worrying about housing their infrastructure. Why Consider It? • Security – protection from disaster, theft, network/power loss • Reliability – 99.9% up-time or more • Cost – labor, maintenance • Performance & scalability • Office relocation • Compliance requirements