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What is colocation?

Colocation is a hosting option for small businesses who want the features of a large IT department without the costs. Many large corporations have the Internet infrastructure to host their own web servers and have a team of IT professionals to manage and design the site, individuals and small companies do not. There is a wide range of options available from simple hosting to running your own Web servers off of a dedicated Internet connection. One such option is colocation. In the first part of this series, we will examine why one would chose colocation over the other hosting options.

Colocation allows you to place your server machine in someone else's rack and share their bandwidth as your own. It generally costs more than standard Web hosting, but less than the comparable amount of bandwidth for your place of business. Once you have a machine set up, you physically take it to the location of the colocation provider and insToll it in their rack or you rent a server machine from the colocation provider. Your colocation company then provides an IP, bandwidth, and power to your server. Once it is up and running, you access it much like you would access a Web site on a hosting provider the difference being that you own the hardware.

Advantages of colocation