Something we get asked all the time.

You know, for nearly 25 years, we get asked the same questions about Colo – only in the last 5 years or so have there been questions about Cloud v Colo. Here’s some answers to think about.

What is Server Colocation?

Co-location, commonly known as “colo,” is a practice where businesses rent space in a third-party data centre to house their servers, networking equipment, and other hardware. In the UK, co-location services provide secure and well-equipped environments for businesses to store and manage their physical IT infrastructure. These facilities offer services such as power, cooling, security, and high-speed internet connectivity to ensure optimal performance.

OK, what does it cost?

The cost of a colo data centre can vary based on factors such as location, services provided, and the amount of space and resources required. Typically, businesses pay a recurring fee for the physical space their equipment occupies, along with additional charges for power consumption, bandwidth usage, and other services. Costs can range from a few hundred to several thousand pounds per month, depending on the specific needs of the business.

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Right…. but why should I use Colo Space?

  1. Reliability: Data centres are designed to provide high levels of reliability, with redundant power, cooling, and network infrastructure, minimizing the risk of downtime.
  2. Security: Colocation facilities implement advanced security measures, including surveillance, access controls, and physical security, providing a secure environment for critical IT assets.
  3. Scalability: Co-location allows businesses to easily scale their IT infrastructure by adding or removing equipment as needed without the challenges of managing and expanding an in-house data centre.
  4. Cost Efficiency: While there are ongoing costs associated with co-location, it is often more cost-effective than building and maintaining an in-house data centre. Businesses can leverage the data centre’s infrastructure without the upfront capital expenses.

Whats the cost?

The cost of 1U colocation, representing a single rack unit of space, can vary depending on the data centre provider and its offerings. On average, prices may range from £50 to £150 per month for a single 1U server. Additional charges may apply for power usage, bandwidth, and other services, so businesses should carefully review pricing structures.

Isn’t it better in the Cloud?

The choice between colocation and cloud hosting depends on the specific needs and preferences of the business. Colocation is suitable for businesses that require more control over their physical infrastructure, have compliance requirements, or have existing investments in hardware. Cloud hosting, on the other hand, offers flexibility, scalability, and a pay-as-you-go model, making it attractive for startups, businesses with fluctuating workloads, or those looking to minimize upfront capital expenses. The decision often involves balancing factors such as control, security, scalability, and cost.

Is data safe in the Cloud?

Is Microsoft using personal data to train AI? Mozilla definitely thinks so. The company believes the Redmond-based tech giant is up to something involving the usage of your personal data to train AI models. If this is proven to be true, then following 30 September, which is the date the new Microsoft Services Agreement goes into effect, Microsoft could use your personal data to train its AI models, including Bing Chat, Windows Copilot, and every other AI tool it might develop in the future.

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