Colocation Versus A
The Need To Progress From Shared Hosting
There comes a time for most websites or businesses when
they outgrow their shared hosting lives. When this
happens to you it’s time to make an important decision.
Should you upgrade to a dedicated server plan, collocate
a server at another data center, or buy a private server
and house it within your own premises? There are several
factors that will play a part in your final decision,
but the most important will usually be the financial
implications. Buying and maintaining your own server is
a serious financial undertaking, especially if you
intend to keep it on your own premises. However, it does
offer advantages in the right circumstances.
About Dedicated Hosting
A dedicated server plan is similar in some respects to a
shared hosting plan. For a monthly fee you take complete
control over an entire server. Instead of sharing a
single server with numerous other organizations or
websites you retain the benefit of the full machine. The
full disk space, bandwidth, and processor speed are
yours for the taking but this is also true with owning
your own server. The difference is that you lease a
dedicated server and all the equipment remains at the
host’s data center.
The Financial Implications Of A Dedicated Hosting Plan
The big advantage that a dedicated server holds is that
you do not face the same initial outlay. You don’t
purchase a server and you don’t need to pay for suitable
premises. In the long run there is also no need to pay
for maintenance, security, or for upgrading to a new
server when the time comes. Basically you receive the
benefits of leasing without the cost of a server.
Typically you should expect to pay anything from $100
per month for a lower end server, up to $300 or $400 for
a server with high specifications.
About Colocation Hosting
Colocation enables you to purchase a server, so it
becomes an asset to you or your company, and use
somebody else’s data center. While most colocation plans
include a fee for maintenance as well as Internet
connections and security, the cost is prohibitive to the
majority of websites because of this initial outlay for
the server itself. Also, price depreciation plays a big
part. As soon as you purchase the server it will reduce
in value and when it comes time to upgrade to a new
server you will have to make full payment for a new
server with very little return on your old one.
Providing The Resources
Colocation requires that you or somebody within your
organization manage the server and its software. This is
done through full remote access so can be done from your
own premises, but unless you already have someone in
place with the appropriate knowledge it will mean hiring
a new employee to take n this role.
About Owning A Private Server On Your Premises
Owning and maintaining your own server on your own
premises demands the biggest financial outlay. As well
as buying the server outright you must also provide
adequate space for it. This isn’t simply a room with a
shelf either. Without the right humidity, temperature,
and other climatic conditions your server will not
perform to its best and will have a shortened lifespan.
The server room you provide also needs an unbroken power
supply, preferably with a completely separate backup
source of power in case of power cuts, connections to
the Internet, and security. In some cases a securely
locked door may suffice but data theft can be a big
problem and many data centers offer CCTV and human
In the majority of cases a dedicated server plan offers
the greatest benefits. While you receive the benefits of
owning your own server you will not be faced with the
same financial disadvantages that colocation and owning
your own server present. You won’t need to set aside the
space or resource or provide the security, and when the
time comes to retire your existing server you won’t need
to worry about buying a new one from the ground up.
Larger organizations that already have the room and the
resource set up for a server can still benefit from
using a dedicated server plan instead.