6. Ownership and Control
A major advantage of colocation is that the business using the service still owns all of its own infrastructure if it so chooses, which ultimately keeps that business owner in charge, regardless of where the server is kept.
For instance, if the business wants to install their own network attached storage (NAS) device to backup one or more server’s data, they can do so. If a firewall and router hardware needs to be installed, it can be done. If they want to set up a virtual local area network (VLAN) so that traffic between machines is faster,they can.
With colocation, the business maintains control over the hardware configuration, as they decide what type of components will go into the server.
7. Tax Benefits
With steep corporate taxes, it’s important to most businesses that they come close to breaking even on expenses/revenue, depending on what bracket the company falls into.
Believe it or not, colocation helps with taxes as well. By adding the lease and colocation fee(s) to a company’s expenses, said company will have to pay a little less in taxes while adding overall value to the business as they still actually own the equipment, which in this case is equity.
It’s a major goal of most colocation providers to offer truly reliable, 100% uptime, and to ensure this goal is met, facilities have numerous reliability and redundancy systems in place.
• Cooling systems
• Uninterruptible power systems (UPS)
• Power generators
• Utility power
• Network routers
• Redundant internet backbones with plenty of extra capacity
• Redundant on-site network engineering staff.
Server hosting also allows access to enterprise level backup and monitoring tools and offers reliable, clean and uninterruptible power through a combination of multiple power grids, generators and maintenance practices.
9. Redundancy – Power and Cooling
A colocation facility can promise both power and cooling redundancy, enabling zero downtime and no loss of data in the event of a power outage.In an office building, a company will generally only have the primary utility-supplied power system, and few offices will have automatic emergency generators. In a colocation facility, however, generated power is backed up with extensive power systems so that the power will stay up 100% of the time, even in the event of a utility power outage – even in times of extended power outages.
Another redundancy advantage to a colocation facility is its cooling features. Most office environments are not set up to do the necessary cooling of servers and network gear, thus setting a business up for data loss. Should the air conditioning unit fail or need to be turned off for routine maintenance, the computer equipment becomes prone to failure and then takes on a much shorter life span overall. In a datacenter, this is not the case as the cooling systems are redundant and do not go down, ensuring the best possible environment for servers, computers, network routers and other gear.
10. The Unthinkable Can Happen in a Telcom Closet
The most vital and most valuable thing to a company is its data, and losing data can have a very severe, negative affect on a com-pany. If the unthinkable happens and a company’s data is lost due to any of the reasons discussed here, the cost will far outweigh that of renting space in a colocation facility. Data recovery is expensive, but that’s not the worst part. Sometimes data recovery is not possible, meaning the company involved has nothing left to do but recreate all of the data stored on the damaged server (along with purchasing a new server).