Four Myths About Data Center Colocation You Need to Ignore

No matter how refined or prevalent a technology or a service, there is always a certain section of the population who refuse to let go of their initial negative impression. I’ll use colocation (outsource data center facilities) as an example. Here are four common myths surrounding colocation, and the reasons why you should not believe them.

Colocation is like web hosting

In web hosting, your website shares server space with several other websites on a remote server whereas in colocation, your entire business server and operations exist and operate in a private rented space in a data center. You have your own space for your entire business rather than just a server space for your software.

Colocation is inconvenient

Today it is much easier to manage and repair applications stored in remote data centers, thanks to remote service administration tools available. Moreover, data centers have expert personnel to help rectify the problem if your team is not able to react quickly enough. Technologies like real time replication, automated recovery, and backup mechanisms add more convenience and reach to your colocated systems.

Lack of security

Multiple factory security systems safeguard most data center facilities to prevent unauthorized entry. As for the data, there are powerful firewalls and encryption sequences available to prevent leakage of confidential data.

Data Centers are not flexible enough for business needs

FALSE. With many colocation facilities, you can rent as much space you want for your business and you only need to pay for what you use. If your business grows, then your storage space can be scaled up, or if a data intensive process has been terminated, you can scale down the usage of space.

Considering colocation as an alterative for your primary or secondary data center? Call the experts.

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.