Choosing what type of server hosting can be a difficult prospect for a lot of businesses. There are a lot of different ways to host your business’ website, and all of them have different strengths and weaknesses. So what is the best way to get your website up and going, for the cheapest possible cost, while still maintaining a good degree of sovereignty over the settings? Some people like to think it is colocation service.
Colocation service is when you rent a server space from a web host, and they do not manage your server. They simply maintain the actual physical facility in which the server is stored. The reasoning behind this is that colocation must be cheaper than renting dedicated hosting. However, when you look at the many different costs that this now involves, you may find that colocation isn’t such a great idea. First, the business is always going to have to pay someone else to maintain the server for them, whether he works at the business or not. As well, the business is going to have to buy certain other things as well, such as insurance, and maybe a router or switch, which only serve to increase the costs involved. Although colocation is considered to be one of the more flexible options of server hosting for businesses, it is also known as the one with the highest startup costs, which may deter most clients. In fact, the majority of places that offer colocation are beginning to try to phase it out; instead offering their clients dedicated hosting.
Dedicated servers are another option that a web host can offer a business as a means to get their website up and running. These also offer a great amount of flexibility, such as the ability to choose the hardware and software that the server will run, as well as certain configurations and settings. However, the main drawback to dedicated servers is that they are the most expensive way to go. With this said, you are paying for a lot of control over your site and the way that you want it. This is very worth it to a lot of businesses. So what is the difference between a web host offering dedicated servers or colocated servers? It is who maintains the server, basically.
With dedicated servers, the hosting company will do all of the work for you. They will make sure that your power won’t be cut off, that the insurance is paid, that all of the machines are working properly and at the best way. Colocated servers don’t offer a lot of these benefits, and is still expensive. As such, this is why dedicated servers are superior.
In conclusion, colocated servers may appear to be a great deal, but they end up being just as expensive as dedicated servers with the extra costs of maintenance involved. Dedicated servers are run and maintained by the server company, meaning that you are free and clear to worry about your business, and not how your website technology and machinery is working!