At the Core
27 January 17

Cloud Hosting Vs. Co-location: Take the Test To See If You Need Colo.

Determining which hosting situation is best for your web presence is dependent on what you’ll be hosting, your current resources, and what you have planned for the future. Nowadays there are many offerings for cloud hosting that could cover your needs without going as far as a 100% co-location situation, however. So it’s important to consider your choices carefully before deciding.

We’ve come up with a test to take to see if a colo is right for you further down in this post.

What is cloud hosting?

Cloud hosting is provided on a series of virtual servers which pull their resources from a large network of physical servers, often located in different data centers. The setup allows users to only pay for the space they use as well as allowing their websites to remain flexible to ebbs and flows in data usage. There are options for the degree to which you control your own hardware and software, with some companies allowing you to install and configure even the hypervisor, operating system, and application stack.

With an ever increasing list of options available with cloud hosting and hybrid solutions that offer colo options to combine with cloud hosting, every unique need can be met.

What is co-location?

Co-location is space in a data center you can rent to store your own hardware. The colo company provides basics like power, heating, cooling, and security while you bring everything else including an IT staff. The greatest benefit to colo is cost savings over time. Once you purchase your equipment, you have room to grow as large as you need to and as long as you don’t need more physical space, your cost doesn’t change month to month.

Wondering if colo could be right for you? Take the test.

Could colo be right for you?

Choose yes or no for each of the following.

1) Do you have funds to invest upfront and the desire to save money over the long run?

A. Yes
B. No

2)  Do you expect your web presence to grow larger than most typical web presences over time?

A. Yes
B. No

3)  Will your online presence use an above-average amount of bandwidth? (i.e. databaseapplications, audio or video streaming, a search engine, online applications, etc.)

A. Yes
B. No

4)  Will you be setting up a special networking application? (i.e. VoIP server, VPN, etc.)

A. Yes
B. No

5)  Do you have, or can you get, the support of an IT team who has expertise in hardware andsoftware, network and system administration, troubleshooting, and repair services for your server?

A. Yes
B. No

6)  Will your web presence include content that may not be permitted by a managed hosting company? (i.e. adult subject matter, IRC channels, exposing trade secrets, promoting illegal drugs, etc.)

A. Yes
B. No

If you answered yes to any of these questions colo should probably be in your future! Even so, however, there may be a hybrid situation that offers colo where you need one and cloud hosting where you don’t. If you need help making a decision, reach out to a qualified hosting company.

Virtacore’s team can help you now by calling (888) 573-7837.

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