Rack Colocation Hosting | Who Is It For?
Recently we’ve discussed what Colocation Hosting is and what benefits they can bring. So we figure now is a good time to go over who would benefit from Colocation Hosting the most. In this blog we’ll be tackling Rack Colocation – Check out this blog for Single Server Colocation Hosting.
Rack Colocation Hosting Recap
Before we start, here’s a quick recap of Rack Colocation in case you’ve not read our previous blogs.
Rack Colocation is a service where you can utilise a Data Centre’s infrastructure and hosting capabilities to host your servers. The name ‘Rack Colo’ comes from the option to use your servers and put them in a secure rack. The major benefit of doing this as opposed to self-hosting is a massive reduction in costs – setting up hosting is expensive! It’s then the Data Centre’s job to make sure your servers have Power, Internet, Cooling and are secure. You can also physically access your server whenever you need to. Typically Rack Colocation customers get keys/codes for 24/7 access.
Who is Rack Colocation Hosting for?
Let’s get right to it, here’s what you need to know.
Typically Colocation services are aimed at and used by IT Service Providers. Single Server Colo is a more accessible option. Rack Colo on the other hand, due to the cost and scale of the service, is more suited towards ISP’s.
As mentioned earlier, Rack Colo lets you host multiple servers that are stored in a private rack, as opposed to a single server in a shared cabinet. This ranges from a Quarter Rack to a Full Rack. From our own experience and working with other businesses who use our Colocation we’ve found that:
- Rack Colo is useful for businesses who’s services demand multiple servers
- Having 24/7 access is incredibly useful and mandatory for these businesses
- Makes having your own servers much more cost-effective
- At this scale, the cost of a rack is much cheaper than multiple Single Servers (in colo).
How Much Expansion Room Would This Allow?
Typically the decision to invest in Rack Colocation should have considered near-future growth and expansion. For example, you might predict to need another 5U’s (U us the unit of measurement for a server) worth of room. So a business would buy their size of rack with that in mind.
On a technical level, it is definitely possible to upgrade from say a Quarter Rack to a Half rack. However, the process isn’t as easy as it would be to upgrade the number of Single Server Colocation you use. This is why it’s important to calculate near-future expansion. Typically as well, Rack Colocation is a longer-term solution – often with annual contracts.
If you have any questions about whether you should consider multiple Single Servers or a Quarter Rack, get in touch with us here. We’re happy to answer any questions!
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