Every organization has its unique requirements and reasons for using a private or enterprise cloud. Generally, enterprise private cloud solutions are implemented due to low overheads and ease of scaling. Managed cloud services do, however, require ongoing monthly or yearly fees and can be far more expensive than the available alternatives, particularly at scale. As a business grows, requirements are bound to change. Once a company starts to require more control over their hosting, it would be wise to consider two of the most common alternative hosting options: colocation and dedicated servers. Colocation is a hosting model that allows the companies to install their own servers in a rented slot at an off-site data center.
What is Colocation?
What is Dedicated Server Hosting?
This question comes to mind very frequently when choosing which solution fits best for your business model. You know that you need hosting, but do not know where to start. You start by doing your research and soon get overwhelmed by the amount of information available. Most, if not all of it makes absolutely no sense and the only thing you want is to have your website online! The good news is, you do not need to learn everything about websites to choose a host. You do however need to learn what the different types of hosting are, and their pros and cons. This information will ultimately lead you to choose the best hosting solution for your needs. Everyone has different needs, only you can decide what is best for your site. If you are still encountering difficulties, feel free to message one of our sales representatives who will be happy to point you in the right direction, and perhaps even do the work for you by providing you with what a custom package!
1. You Don’t Need To Purchase Hardware
Because we know every business has different needs and challenges, we offer both dedicated server or cloud hosting and colocation services from our data centres. Despite both being viable hosting options, each addresses different business challenges. Whichever option you choose, rest assured your solution is only housed in our ISO-certified, wholly-owned UK data centres. As a dedicated server client you rent an entire dedicated server from us.
Hosting applications in the Cloud with shared hosting or Virtual Private Servers VPS is a common choice for many businesses when they first start out. Alternatively, you might choose to run your servers on site so you can closely monitor the security of your hardware and data. Colocation where you rent an empty slot in a rack and supply the server or dedicated server hosting where you rent an existing server both offer ways to combine the scale and reliability of an industrial-grade data center with the performance and control you get from using dedicated hardware. Each of these two hosting options come with different tradeoffs. Dedicated server hosting is a type of hosting where you rent access to a bare metal server inside of a data center. Dedicated servers can often be a cost-effective way to have a server all to yourself. Unlike running software in the Cloud, no other customers can run their apps on your hardware. Purchasing new servers is expensive. And because data centers periodically refresh their hardware, you benefit from advances in server technology and the latest IT trends for free. That includes handling any hardware component failures to ensure your servers remain in action.