You may have seen the term “Colocation” and wondered what it meant. Simply put, colocation is the renting of space in a provider’s data center. Usually, this space is used to house important electronic equipment and hardware. There are many reasons companies do this, from simply saving space to fulfilling one part of a complex disaster recovery plan.
Possibly the most important thing data centers offer is reliable constant operation. Data centers by design offer 24x7x365 uptime. Specialized cooling systems and redundant power options ensure that all equipment within the data center remains functional and at optimal temperature for efficient and long-lasting operation.
Data centers can also often offer speeds unattainable at a customer’s location. Their proximity to the ISP as well as peering partners allows for the highest speeds available.
A solid disaster recovery plan demands that you store some important equipment offsite, but what if you occasionally need to access or update that equipment? Keeping it somewhere that’s far from your location, but not TOO far, can make such access quick and easy. A data center’s redundant power, in addition to exceptional fire suppression and alarms, ensures that even in a local disaster situation it would remain much safer than most business sites.
In addition to alleviating proximity concerns, data centers offer enhanced security. Cameras, key card entry, written guest logs, sometimes even physical security are all often employed to keep unauthorized parties from entering the facility. Once inside, guests are escorted to their own separately locked space. Every data center has their own combination of security layers, but any will have security that far exceeds that of your average office building or data room. In fact, most data centers undergo external audits to ensure they’re compliant with privacy and safety laws.
So why not just build your own data center? Well, building a data center can be extremely costly. Economies of scale allow colocation providers to offer the benefits of a data center at a fraction of the cost.
Another popular reason to take advantage of a data center is managed services. Many administrative IT functions can be extremely time-consuming, but colocation allows an IT department to offload many of those functions, thereby freeing up staff to work on projects that directly contribute to their company’s bottom line. IT departments who work in virtual systems can replicate those systems on their colocated machines, offering an enhanced layer of safety. Additionally, again due to economies of scale many data centers offer the highest quality malware software solutions.
CTS Telecom does offer private colocation space. The CTS data center has maintained 100% power and network uptime since inception for 3 years straight. If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution, CTS also offers voice, internet, IT solutions, and data transport. We invite you to discover how CTS Telecom can take care of your business’s needs. To get started, contact us today.