Server Co-Location

Co-location allows you to place your assets in vCloud.ie’s racks. A client’s hardware and software is no longer placed in-house but instead is installed in vCloud.ie’s dedicated data centre space

vCloud.ie provides a world-class server Co-location service, with superb levels of reliability and security, designed and engineered with highly redundant systems. Greater bandwidth, a robust power supply and improved connectivity are just some of the basic advantages of Co-location.

vCloud.ie’s Consultancy Services allows all clients to fully consult on all areas of their requirements and expectations. With vCloud.ie’s engineers on hand to share their expertise and advice, entering the Co-location environment is made simple and efficient. Clients are still ultimately responsible for their own servers, but it is also possible to move to Managed Services. This results in a fully outsourced management of all infrastructure to the vCloud.ie team.

Advantages of vCloud.ie Colocation for your Business.

A colocation is a hosting option utilised for businesses of all sizes for a variety of reasons. Medium to large-sized enterprises can quickly and easily expand their infrastructure capacity with minimal Capital Expenditure. Small businesses can also benefit from much-needed features of a large IT infrastructure at a greatly reduced cost. 

Let’s look at some specific advantages of colocation:

Improved availability.

With Co-location, the hosting provider takes the necessary precautions to ensure the availability of your data at all times. There back up systems available in case of a power outage.

Business continuity.

In a data centre owned by a hosting provider, your data is protected against disasters such as fire, flooding, etc. Precautions are also taken to ensure that the hardware does not overheat with adequate Climate Control. You can also choose to have your data stored in two data centres (at two different locations, one in Cork and one in Warsaw) to ensure redundancy.

If your servers are colocated in a remote data centre, it’s also easier to create a fall-back scenario for emergency situations. 

Better security.

Datacenters have a number of different types of security to limit access, protect against physical attacks, and keep the servers safe from intruders. These measures may include top-notch network security, including the latest firewalls / IDS systems to detect and prevent unauthorized access to their customers’ systems. Video surveillance, alarm monitoring, keycard access, cabinets equipped with tumbler locks, and more.

Scaling flexibility.

Colocation provides additional advantages when bandwidth is concerned. It is easier to scale in a hosted data centre than on-premise, and the costs per Mbit are lower with colocation since you can benefit from the hosting provider’s scale.

Costs of data centre operations.

The initial setting up and maintaining availability, continuity, security, and scalability on-premise can be quite expensive. In a co-location data centre, the services and costs are shared between all tenants helping to make it a more synergistic and affordable option.

IT management costs.

Generally, colocation lowers the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership.) compared to on-premise hosting. This includes lower costs for IT management. Your IT staff will have more time to concentrate on achieving business goals.

Improved service and support.

Most companies that choose colocation use their own technicians, sending them to the data centre for maintenance or emergencies. Because of this many companies choose to have a certain degree of redundancy built into the infrastructure, so the technicians don’t have to drive to the data centre for every hardware component failure. It is also usually possible to hire remote hands at the data centre to replace a defective part, on a pay per use contract.

Room for growth. 

Colocation allows you to expand your IT infrastructure to fit the needs of your company’s growth without having to incur capital expenditures. If you’re company grows, your IT infrastructure can expand quickly to support it accordingly and with less expense.

A step toward cloud migration. 

If your company is looking at cloud computing, colocation provides a smooth transition by enabling you to move your equipment to an off-premise facility with increased capacity and performance to support business needs while ensuring a smooth transition to the cloud.

In general, if your business has relatively stable data storage and processing needs, colocation is often a better option than on-premise hosting both in terms of cost and resource allocation.

If you do need additional space and power for variable projects that require ongoing changes, an option is to rent additional space from a hosting provider that also offers hybrid cloud services. 

Owning your own hardware is really only viable if you can use it for three to five years, whereas hosted services can be used and paid for on a monthly basis. Hosted services become an attractive way to manage your expenses according to your revenue. 

Another advantage of using hybrid cloud services is that they come with an array of automated services, that allow for a significant amount of control, even remotely.