Modern businesses and organizations are no longer confined to the ‘brick and mortar’ form of running operations. Instead, they have taken their businesses, processes, systems and operations online and are heavily relying on the internet to enhance their competitive edge, attract and retain their customers and increase their market share. Development and maintenance of quality, accessible, reliable and efficient websites is one way of achieving this. Web hosting is an essential element that your website requires in order to provide productive and pleasant experiences to your website visitors.
There are different types of web hosting services, each offering varied connectivity and administrative services that cater for particular types of users. You may have heard so much about shared hosting and cloud hosting since they are the most discussed and used types of web hosting. It is important for you to know more about other types of web hosting, which includes colocation and dedicated web hosting so that you can decide what is right for you.
Deciding between Colocation and Dedicated Web Hosting
Colocation web hosting is a form of web hosting, which permits you to position your server in another person’s data center. The advantages of using another person’s data center are that they pay and provide power that your server uses, they offer internet connectivity and you have the advantage of a dedicated IP address. Be it as it may, you are still responsible for maintaining the server. Colocation web hosting is suitable for your business if you require the features and the advantages of a large-scale IT unit without incurring the huge costs of powering and maintaining safe environment for your server. Nevertheless, you may opt for other types of web hosting if the costs of maintaining the server in colocation hosting are too high for you, when you have more and multifaceted hosting needs and when you cannot find a suitable and proximate colocation provider.
With dedicated web hosting on the other hand, you have an opportunity to lease a complete server from a web hosting provider for your website and you do not share the server. The main difference between colocation and dedicated web hosting is that in the latter, the provider owns the server and you only have the control of it. The advantage of dedicated web hosting is that the cost of buying server hardware, server maintenance and software installation is borne by the provider who owns the server. Dedicated web hosting is right for you if your business offer mission-critical ecommerce, which has high speed needs and involves significant transfer of data. Understanding what colocation and dedicated hosting entails is the first step to establishing what type of web hosting is right for you.