Colocation is placing an independent server on an established data center with multiple Carrier network nodes available, which provides a constant high-speed connection from the Internet or Private line/MPLS to the server, along with the ability to deliver constant electrical and cooling needs for 100% uptime. It is the provision of space for a customer’s equipment on the service provider’s premises. Servers are usually mounted in metal racks in a purpose-built facility with a large amount of connectivity. These services are for companies who require complete control over their server configuration.
- What tier of data center do I need?
- How is space allocated in the colocation facility?
(1U, 2U, 3U, 1/4 Rack, full rack, cage or private suite, etc.)
- What kind of access will I have to my servers?
- What kind of redundant power and network connectivity is required?
- How will the colocation partner’s network handle bandwidth and how do I burst if needed?
- How are cross-connects handled?
- Is the data center carrier neutral and which carriers are available?
- Is their data center properly cooled and secured?
- What are the security protocols and how are they maintained?
- How is the colocation network routed and what kind of redundancy does it have?