Colocation: a Stress-free Way to Host Large Sites

Monday 27 September 2010

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‘Colocation’ is a word which, at first sight, evokes the world of property, and even the dreaded ‘relocation’.

However, in the world of web hosting, ‘colocation’ might well have very positive associations for you and your business, especially if you are managing a large, complex web site.

‘Colocation’, in web hosting parlance, means that you physically house your web server in a professionally managed data centre, whilst still continuing to run it yourself. You would mostly connect to the server remotely, and, some web site hosting companies also allow on-site visits to the data centre by your IT staff.

There are many advantages with colocation.

As the web has become a more complex, communications force, so demands on websites have grown. Big commercial sites are now expected to handle large amounts of users, sometimes in the range of thousands per week. Moreover, multiple simultaneous retail transactions may be the norm for your site, putting additional pressure on hardware.

Not all companies have the most suitable location for hardware which supports such busy sites. For instance, it is not unheard of for mission-critical servers to be stored in a broom cupboard in the IT manager’s office.

Ideally, your equipment should be housed in a professionally staffed, secure, intrusion proof, weather-proof, air-conditioned, fire resistant environment; such as the one we offer here at CWCS Managed Hosting.

If you go for a colocation hosting solution with CWCS Managed Hosting we will guarantee your equipment five-star accommodation, with a dedicated project manager, whilst you will still have the ability to manage it as you require.

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