Colocation provides an economical option to individuals and small businesses who want to maintain a high-traffic website without the hassels of paying for the additional bandwidth required to manage such a site. Colocation allows a company to store all of its sensitive web pages and downloadable information onto a server. The server is then mounted and maintained at an off-site colocation provider. One of the first things to consider when researching colocation is the location of the facility, which should be strategically placed to allow for the best possible Internet connectivity.
These state-of-the-art colocation facilities house a company's server, which is usually hand delivered. Companies may choose to colocate almost anything Internet related, including web sites, VOIP, streaming Internet radio, and IPTV, to name a few. A company's server is typically installed in a locked cabinet (an important feature to look for when selecting a colocation provider) and from that point on bandwidth is shared with the data center, helping the company avoid charges normally associated with high bandwidth usage.