First Class Server Colocation At Low Rates

Making the decision to utilize server colocation involves many factors.  Server colocation, in its very basic form, is when a company or individual leases Internet bandwidth from a server colocation provider who houses the company’s server in a specially designed facility. The company has many options to choose from when selecting which provider to employ. In general, things to note when choosing server colocation include location, services, quality, price, and accessibility.

When server colocation services are selected, a company will move all of its Internet server to a data center. But before a company can even begin using server colocation, it must first have the correct equipment. It is important to select the right kind of hardware on which to store the company’s valuable data. Server colocation gives client’s the flexibility to choose just the right server for them, as well as just the right kind of software for that server.

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Selecting Server Colocation Hardware

Server Size for Server Colocation
Before utilizing server colocation services, it is imperative to first consider what type of processing power you need, as well as RAM, hard drive space, and redundancy of hard drives. Consider your website when thinking about these factors. The size and complexity of your Internet site will determine what type of server best fits your needs, which will in turn determine the type of server colocation package you will use. Common server types include Unix, Linux, and Windows NT/2000. In any case, server colocation providers can house and maintain most any type of server a company selects. Knowing what size server you need helps you determine the amount of bandwidth you will want included in your server colocation package.

Calculating Your Bandwidth Needs for Server Colocation
Here are a few factors to keep in mind when deciding how much bandwidth you will require from your server colocation provider.  This will also help you know what size server best suits your company’s needs.

  • Page Visits Per Day: Have an average of how many people are or are expected to visit your site daily.

  • Page Views: Sure people come to the site, but how many pages are they actually viewing? This type of information will help ensure you get the server that’s right for you as well as the right amount of bandwidth from your server colocation service provider.

  • Page Size: On average, you should be aware of the size of your web pages, in Kilobytes or KB.

  • Daily File Downloads and Download Size: If you are planning to offer downloads of any kind, including file sharing, software downloads, streaming video, etc., it is crucial to know how big these files are and how often you expect visitors to download them. Knowing this will ensure that you find the best server colocation service for your company’s needs.

Keeping these factors in mind when choosing your server colocation service will ensure you aren’t paying for bandwidth you don’t need and that you aren’t being shortchanged by not having enough bandwidth. Of course, you may find that you will need to upgrade or change your server colocation services from time to time. This is easily done, and most server colocation providers will work closely with you to satisfy your server colocation needs.

Power Requirements with Server Colocation
Another thing to consider is your server’s power requirements. Many servers are standardized and will work on any mother board, and a server colocation facility can meet most any power supply need. However, if a server’s power supply is matched to the voltage on a server colocation provider’s mother board, it may cost a little more upfront for the larger server, but it can save hundreds of dollars in power. This is why it’s so important to check a server’s power efficiency and compatibility before buying.

Many server colocation providers can include the cost of power in a company’s total hosting package. This is something to look for when selecting a server colocation facility. When you consider that premium power with server colocation costs substantially more than the actual space to house the server, it is worth researching exactly how much power you really need for your server.

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