Data Center Colocation Services
As the operating hub for network service delivery, your data center demands
'best-of-breed' technologies that support the mission critical environment. PTS ability to provide always available, scalable, networking solutions makes our services the next step for companies seeking more reliable IT functionality, at a lower initial capital cost. Through our colocation and managed service partners, PTS satisfies your company's data center performance objectives and expectations for fast and seamless growth.
By eliminating the up-front infrastructure costs associated with building your own data center, data center colocation and/or utilizing a managed service provider allows you to deploy IT infrastructure based on the company's current network requirements with less impact to your budget. In colocation, servers and network equipment are housed off-site, typically at the service providers premises. One benefit is should your company relocate, colocation permits your network to stay up and running without the need for interruption.
Colocation service providers are judged by the services availability their data center facilities provide. Those operating data centers offering continuous maintainability, system redundancies, multiple active power & cooling delivery pathways, fault tolerance, and enhanced physical security are typically judged better than those without. PTS provides consulting services to clients evaluating multiple colocation providers, to help you make an informed decision.
Typically, colocation providers charge by the following:
- Total physical space required (usually by cabinet footprint)
- Amount of bandwidth required for network connectivity
- Amount of UPS/Generator protection needed
- Quantity & type of power distribution required
- Amount of cooling required
- Level of physical security required
Additionally, many data center colocation providers offer managed services including data backup services, patch management services, monitoring services, and configuration services for an additional cost. These out-sourced services take the place of the cost of having the in-house staffing and tools required to execute these tasks.
An off-shoot of colocation is hosting providers. Hosting providers typically provide the underlying network services delivery equipment as well as the server your applications are hosted on. This is unlike the colocation model where you have full control over server configuration because the equipment and software belong to your company. While utilizing a hosting provider is typically less expensive initially, colocation provides you the ability to upgrade or expand beyond what is normally permitted by hosting providers, allowing for greater flexibility.
Colocation and out-sourced managed services play a strategic role in modern IT operations. Companies that make use of data center colocation can count on achieving faster IT services delivery than those that undertake a data center design and construction project. Colocation proves to be easier on your company's bank account in the short-term, but less attractive if your company's space requirements are large, its management requirements intensive, and its load substantial.