A colocation (colo) is a data center facility in which a business can rent space for servers and other computing hardware. Typically, a colo provides the building, cooling, power, bandwidth and physical security while the customer provides servers and storage.
Colocation has become a popular option for companies with midsize IT needs—especially those in Internet related business. It allows companies to focus its IT staff on the actual work being done, instead of the logistical support needs which underlie the work. Significant benefits of scale (large power and mechanical systems) result in large colocation facilities, typically 4500 to 9500 square metres (roughly 50,000 to 100,000 square feet).
Claimed benefits of colocation include:
- A predictable and operational expenditure model
- Additional capacity can be brought on quickly, cheaply, and only as needed
- Better access to space and power
- Experienced professionals managing your data center facility
- An ecosystem of partners in the same facility
- Dedicated infrastructure to build your cloud strategy
- Lean infrastructure to manage during times of rapid business change
- A better road map for disaster recovery