Introduction to Co-location Hosting:
In the terms of general man language, co-location means placing the things together or placing in an order. But in the terms of web hosting, co location is used to denote the space provided to the site owner for telephonic contact on the providers location. I will explain it to you by an example like any site owner can place his own computer server of the site on ISP location that provides co-location service.
Co-location Hosting-Who’s Need:
Co-location hosting is needed by those site owners who have full control over their site, control over its operating system and appropriate for dedicated hosting. There are some customers who want, or need the power to remove their server at any time or to move it to some other location mainly for internal hosting. It means they can host their website by themselves and do payment for the connectivity of internet and networking requirements. So co-location is for the site owners who can complete the above requirement but can not host their website by themselves.
The Supplier of the Server:
If you have hosted your site on co-location provider’s server, the server actually belongs to you. Generally this is an advantage given by a provider to the site owner under which a fully configured server loaded with information is delivered to co-location. You can also say that a hardware or server is offered by the co-location provider and you can purchase it.
Will Your Site Remain Online?
It totally depends on your web host because if you have a custom written application on your server and if it causes some problem within the operating system then it is your responsibility to repair it. Usually co-location providers put forward server monitoring contracts for you and if you sign it then it will be his responsibility to maintain your server and check whether it is running properly or not.
Problem With Server Hardware- Will Provider Help:
It is again the matter of the contract; if you sign it then provider will definitely help you. Many providers offer contract for hardware support, and keep your system in good working condition if you sign the contract. If you provide your own computer and you want spare parts on your site then you need to purchase the parts in advance and give it to your provider. But if you have already purchased the computer from your provider he will provide you the spare parts. But if your provider gives you the spare parts the also you will have to pay for it. If you are not having any agreement with your provider then you can ask him to mend the problem related to your computer and can pay him for his service.
Server Limits-In Size:
Yes definitely you will find difference in limitation and price with relation to the size of server. I will give you example, like 1U server’s size is half that of 2U server, so it needs less space in rack actually. Like wise 1U server are less expensive than that of 2U server. And there are many servers which differ in size on the basis of hardware it contains within and on the basis of their manufacturer like rack mount server.
Points To Remember:
If you are searching a co-location provider then the things you should keep in your mind are-
*Bandwidth ~ ask your provider about the level of bandwidth he will offer you and what he will charge if go beyond your limit for the month.
*Hardware Support ~ Make sure that your provider is offering you any hardware support contract or agreement. If your provider is providing a contract then how much time he will take to repair your computer, will he give spare parts if required? If you do not need the contract or provider is not offering you any such contract then what support he will give you if there comes any problem with your server. Also ask them whether he will render his services to repair the down server or will provide any technician.
*Size of server ~ ask your provider about the space and size and cost according to the size of server you want place at ISP. There are different charges according to the size so get it confirmed.
*Uptime ~ what sort of uptime your provider will give you for your presence on internet.
*Server Monitoring ~ ask your provider for server monitoring services to make you sure that your system runs properly all the times.
*IP addresses allocations ~ get it confirmed from your provider that how many IP address he will assign to your server. And what extra fee he will charge if you need more addresses.
*Services Related to Backup ~ what will be the level of data backup if you need and ask about extra data backup provided and if, at what gap and at what rate.