While it may seem obvious, we might not often really consider how critical connectivity is to business today. In fact, once we begin to consider the gravity of how important it is, we may come to realize that our current systems and infrastucture simply aren’t enough to support our needs. Colocation connectivity can change that.
What is Colocation?
Colocation essentially means renting instead of owning a data center. In colocation, a company rents space for their servers and any additional computing-related hardware at an offsite, third-party colocation provider’s data center facility. Colocation service most often includes the physical building that houses the hardware in addition to the physical security of the site, plus backup power and cooling systems that support the customer-provided storage servers.
Benefits of Colocation Connectivity
Think of this like renting an apartment building (colocation at a provider’s data center) versus owning a house (an on-prem data center). Like owning a house, owning a data center has associated costs, such as maintaining the property and physical structure, utilities, staff, security, and insurance. Even with backup redundancy, a company that puts all its eggs in the sole basket of their on-prem data center is vulnerable to loss of the data that the company relies upon to do business. Colocation, therefore, provides one central location in which companies can host their physical infrastructure, while interconnection allows them to efficiently exchange data traffic between one another. Additionally, specific IT services from related business partners can all be physically located in one colocation provider facility to provide maximum performance, because colocation facilities are optimized to house multiple customers.
Why Use a Colocation Service Provider
There are multiple reasons to utilize interconnection services from a colocation service provider, with just a few reasons listed below:
Pay-as-you-go pricing. With the advent of the cloud, colocation services have enabled this pricing model to be applied to interconnection services, allowing IT resources to be scaled up or down and provisioned in a cloud-like fashion without long-term commitments.
Data exchange speed. Major colocation providers often operate several data centers interconnected by high-speed pipes, which allows processing to be as close to the point of delivery as possible and gives customers additional choices on how to deploy their infrastructure.
The physical proximity of partner data. Colocation interconnection provides data exchange between multiple entities by utilizing high-speed networks and physical proximity, so customers can have many options to choose from.
Single console simplicity. Customers with hybrid and multi-cloud or multi-site architectures can manage their cloud service providers through a single console that can also provide consolidated billing.
Types of Colocation Interconnections
While there are several types of colocation interconnection arrangements, here are a few of the most common:
Cross connect is essentially running a physical, hardwired copper or fiberoptic cable between each company’s servers. This enables dedicated, high-performance connectivity and as you’d expect, strong reliability and low latency.
Peering exchange is where two connected networks exchange data traffic without being required to pay an additional third party, such as an ISP or telecom, to carry their data traffic across the internet. In this scenario, routing can be adjusted to avoid bottlenecks and maximize performance, keeping traffic local and avoiding multi-hop latency.
Blended IP service gives the colocation provider a variety of upstream ISP and carriers to fashion a very reliable, SLA-backed system based on completely redundant network architecture and maximized performance across the providers.
Inter-site connectivity allows communication between business campuses within the colocation provider’s network itself, enabling customers access to all providers they may need within an interconnection-dense physical facility and continue to grow without constraints within their own campus facilities.
If you’re looking for a colocation center that provides every need you could think of or want, we’re here for you. You can call today to schedule a tour with our experts and see for yourself why their colocation services will make all the difference for your storage and colocation needs.