Many organizations are now choosing to co-locate their data off premise at a secure data center or another location outside of their office. But what is colocation? And why are so many organizations choosing this service?

 

Before we can answer the why, we should probably understand what colocation is! Colocation is a service that allows an organization to rack their servers and other computing hardware in a cabinet in a secure, third-party data center. An easy way to understanding colocation is to think of it like a hotel but for servers and computers. Just like you would rent a room to stay in, a data center consists of cabinets that hold each individual server.

 

Now, why would and organization be interested in colocation? Well, that question can be answered in many ways depending on what the company is looking for. There are so many benefits to colocation but here are our top five.

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Security

Data centers are highly secure and monitored at all times, they usually have card access or biometric scanners to allow access into the facility. Also, depending on which tier of security a data center is, some even have security guards on the premises at all times. With such high-security measures, your data and hardware will always be safe.

Stability

If there is a power outage or disaster strikes, your data will be secure and uninterrupted if you choose to co-locate in a data center. Most companies choose colocation as a part of their disaster recovery plans to improve their business continuity. You could even choose to co-locate because you are looking to relocate your office at some point and by having your servers in a data center instead of in a closet in your office, you reduce the risk of losing data in