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Web Hosting: What is a Server Co-Location? by Danny Ong






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When a business or individual needs a new server it usually has three options: on-site, dedicated and co-location. Each of these options has their own benefits and drawbacks and not every option is right for every situation. On-site servers are servers that a business or individual maintains and controls directly on their property, dedicated servers are purchased through web hosting companies and managed by them directly and co-located servers are purchased by the business or individual and located within a server farm that is managed by the server farm company.

On-site servers are commonly used when the servers are only used on the local network. It is not a good idea for servers that need to be accessed through the internet because the local site will rarely have a data pipe fast enough to support it. On-site servers are usually the best choice for local networks because the server will be extremely responsive to local users and will be under the company or individual's complete control.

Dedicated servers are used when the company either does not want to or cannot manage the server themselves. A dedicated server means that the company purchases the use of a specific server through a web host. The server usually comes with specific packages pre-installed and the company simply has to set up the applications they require. Dedicated servers are usually managed by the web host which means if something goes wrong on the server the host will respond as quickly as possible.

Co-located servers are purchased by the company and simply put into a server farm. Co-located servers can be either managed or completely under the control of the company or individual that purchased them. If the co-located server is managed this means that the server farm will pay attention to the server's up time and react if the server goes down. If the server is not managed then it is the owner's complete responsibility to take care of the server regardless of what happens. The server farm is only responsible for the data and power connectivity.

Co-located servers are usually the best plan for a company or individual that wants to retain full control and management of their server but also wants access to the fastest data pipe and most stable systems. Server co-location requires more setup and expertise than dedicated servers but they are also usually far less expensive because they do not have the hefty monthly fees that dedicated servers do. A co-located server does need initial fees to buy and set up the server but after this the monthly fees are usually quite low. While on-site servers would allow the same degree of flexibility they would not be able to tap into as stable and advanced systems.

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