OK, first things first. The spelling of ‘colocation’ is fine. ‘Colocation’ here means ‘co-location’ or ‘located at the same place’. When your dedicated server is kept in the premises of a hosting company, it is called a colocation server. You have to pay a rent to the hosting company for keeping it. Some hosting companies offer another kind of colocation where they offer you a server on rent.
Now, you can choose just to keep your server in the hosting company’s location or go for server management services. You can choose the services you want as per your needs. How exactly does colocation hosting help?
For starters, colocation significantly reduces set-up and maintenance costs. The hosting company has the responsibility of maintaining the server on your behalf. Also, with a colocation server, a business does not need to maintain a datacenter of its own. This not only saves costs but also rescues you of the pressure of managing the server. You don’t need to monitor and troubleshoot your server. The hosting company will take care of it.
Colocation also ensures high security for the server. A hosting company’s datacenters are well-equipped to take care of your server’s security. A colocation server ensures high availability of your websites. It minimizes downtimes and provides a highly reliable service.
Colocation hosting is a type of managed hosting. You don’t really need to go for all the services offered by the hosting company: you can choose what you want.
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