First Class Colocation Hosting At Low Rates

Colocation hosting options vary from location to location. It’s important to review all features of a colocation hosting package presented. Some things to consider in selecting a colocation hosting service include Internet bandwidth plans, power plans, phone services, physical space, and plan term lengths. Talk to the facility staff to find out about different colocation hosting options.

Colocation Hosting: Internet Bandwidth

One of the main reason for selecting colocation hosting is so that a company who wishes to maintain a high-traffic website can do so without the high cost of paying for bandwidth individually. With a colocation hosting facility, bandwidth plans typically range from 1 Mbps to 10,000 Mbps and anywhere in between. The cost from provider to provider varies greatly, but a company can rest assured that the cost with any colocation hosting provider will be far lower than hosting a site in-house. For this reason, colocation hosting is one of the smartest moves a company can make.

It’s important to select the right amount of bandwidth for your needs. Knowing certain kinds of information can help assist you in selecting the colocation hosting plan that’s right for you. First, review your website and get an average of things like visitors per day, page views, downloads, etc.  This will give you an idea of how much bandwidth you will need from colocation hosting.  Second, understand how bandwidth works. Do some research to find out which colocation hosting companies offer the most reliable network. Downtime can be a great disadvantage to you, especially if you have a high traffic site with a lot of downloads.  Discuss these options with your colocation hosting provider to find what works for you.

Keep the following questions in mind when researching colocation hosting companies:

  1. Does the provider have a state-of-the-art colocation hosting facility, one with super fast connections, redundant UPS, and prime source generator back-ups?

  2. Is the colocation hosting facility strategically located so as to provide the fastest Internet bandwidth connection possible?

  3. How long has the colocation hosting provider been in business? What types of clients do they service?

  4. What size Internet connection is offered with the provider’s colocation hosting? Currently, an OC192 is the best connection available.

  5. What are your future bandwidth needs? Does the colocation hosting company offer specials to current clients who need to upgrade their bandwidth?

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Colocation Hosting: Power Packages

Power is one of the most unexpected costs of colocation hosting. Whereas many industries offer power “free of charge,” this is not the case with colocation hosting. The larger a server, the more power it will use. Because of this, power can be one of the largest expenses of colocation hosting. It is important, then, for a company to take such costs into consideration when selecting the hardware it will use, choosing, for example, newer equipment with a more standard power type. Also, get such costs included in the estimate from a colocation hosting provider so that there are no surprises.

A provider should offer top-of-the-line redundant UPS and generator backed electrical power with back-up battery banks that are always on in case of an outage. If you are going to pay for power with your colocation hosting package, it should be the best around. Your main concern when it comes to selecting colocation hosting is the reliability of the provider’s connections. Without redundant power supply, maintaining a constant connection is virtually impossible.

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