Those who are wondering what is this Server Colocation, for them, I will repeat the summary of old article on Server Colocation. The reason why this post is written might make you feel more comfortable – we will opt for Server Colocation within few months for various reasons.
Personally, I am quite satisfied after handling a Server Colocation service. My experience of Server Colocation is with Rackspace, which has been almost The Standard right now for Server Colocation, personally my choice is Rackspace for Server Colocation service.
However, just like before buying anything, we need to do a bit market research, regarding what others are offering and most importantly, if similar grade of service is available from other company. So, basically this article will sound a bit from a “to be a consumer” point of view.
What is this Server Colocation Service
As I have mentioned in the previous article, Colocation Server and Colocation Service allows multiple users to locate network and connect them to a service provider with a minimum of cost and complexity.
So, just like right now I am typing this post from my own MacBook Pro, that Dell Server is Physically mine, Server Colocation Service will place it in their server rack and provide all sort of needed services. The Rack can be rented full, half or shared. Renting the full rack has the benefit of better care, security and less overheating issues.
This part is Server Colocation Service. Definitely is sounds very appealing, but yes, the cost is more than a Dedicated Rented Server.
Approximate cost of using Server Colocation Service
First is the cost of the Server itself. It is like buying your new computer. Most Server Colocation Services now ask for Rack Servers, its nothing but that looks like the photo below :
So, it is important to ask the Server Colocation Service, that if they have any specific choice. To circumvent this problem, nowadays the Server Colocation Services itself arranges the server. All you need is to pay.
Two type of service models : in one model you are buying the server physically and asking someone to put it in the right place and another model is, the full procedure is carried out by the Server Colocation Service provider.
One terminology is widely used : U . U is Unit of measurement for Colocation, 1U = 1.75″ of Vertical Rack Space 2U = 3.5″ of Vertical Rack Space 3U = 5.25″ of Vertical Rack Space 4U = 7.00″ of Vertical Rack Space. (Thanks to creativedata.net for the data).
Setup might be charged around $250 to $500 for Server Colocation, the monthly fee starts at least from $120, I have not found less than it for IU.
Conclusion on Server Colocation
It is important to understand the service model of Server Colocation Service. More important is to understand the Server Colocation Service Model’s advantages and disadvantages. We have already wrote about these points on Server Colocation in this article.