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  1. #1
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    Colocation or rental?

    Hi,

    What do you think is more cost effective option, a collocation or dedicated server rental?

    Please provide pros and cons for each of the options.

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    I think both is good.

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    Colocation if you have the funds.

    Renting if you're a start-up.

    Colocation will only be cheap if you plan to colocate large amount to receive a special pricing.

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    Hi, In my opinion and as raid1 said Renting is good if you're a start-up or any small business firm who don't need much sizes and also in renting you can add as much as space you want according to your need. Colocation will be cost effective only when you require large amount of units.

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    Colocation doesn’t just mean greater speed and bandwidth; it also means more freedom. You define what applications, databases and other interactive elements need to be used on your website or internet application on your own server or other infrastructure.

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    They both are okay i guess.

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    Colocation is best for larger, mission critical companies with specific demands for security, customization of servers/architecture, and long term cost savings especially if can afford upfront hardware costs or for existing legacy on-premise data-centers they are looking to get more life out of with added reliability. Reliability is main benefit with Data Centers like ours-Cybercon will most likely be Tier 3(or Tier 2+) having multiple 10Gb or GigE internet backbone connections to Tier 1 backbones for 100% network uptime, N+1(+2) redundant power feeds, UPS systems, ATS, and diesel generators so no power outages, and military grade or high level data center security levels. All of these features are expensive and difficult to come by with growing companies. Also, most DCs will have 24/7 NOC monitoring and tech support with hardware replacement if servers fail which saves company more on labor and cost of downtime. Typical Racks/Cabinets usually $300-500 plus power ranging from 1 20 AMP-around $250 - 2 30 AMP as much as $1500 monthly, and that is even based of St. Louis low power costs. The bottom line is it depends on the nature of business, scale, and situation mainly aimed toward medium to large businesses.

    However, smaller companies and individuals can save money and add reliability doing single server colocation which includes power vs. purchasing an entire data center rack/cabinet. Purchasing data center rack space this way usually starts as little as $100 for a single rack server, with added costs ($100-500) for additional servers, firewalls, switches, load balancers, etc. This is most cost effective if you already have Good hardware, or found a good deal on getting quality hardware and have means to set up. Location plays a major factor for this also, as will need to stay local to set up, maintain, add or improve architecture unless you want high travel costs or pay for special support to perform tasks remotely for you. Tech support labor costs generally $80-$120/hr.

    Dedicated server rental is the most cost effective if you need your own data center equipment(vs Cloud/VPS), especially if you don't already have hardware. Benefits include getting premium enterprise level hardware that has guarantee and therefore replaced Free if Server, RAM, CPUs, Disks fail vs. paying $100s-$1000s for replacing hardware or tens of $1000s for a brand new server if your own fails with colo. Not only that, you generally get more tech support included like free installs, Hypervisor/OS license(unless Windows Dedicated Server), restarts, reboots, remote hands, and other support. Along with this you still maintain full access and control to create VMs with VMWare or set up preferred database, OS, applications, etc. It also is much more cost effective to scale a smaller growing business by adding CPU, RAM, disk space(local or SAN), or even more servers and clustering as you grow with less cost, labor, and downtime than Colo. Standard dedicated web server hosting is generally starting around $100 also ranging up to $800 before you get into private cloud solutions which entails multiple dedicated clustered with load balancer, firewall, switch, network cards, dedicated ports, etc. Forgive the long post but didn't think there were sufficient details supplied as of yet.
    Last edited by JesseG-Host; 08-18-2017 at 03:50 PM.
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    The reason Dedicated server is better is you get physical hardware with dedicated server, while with VPS the resources are virtually allocated from on large dedicated server, which can result in performance issue when the whole node is facing problem your VPS is also hampered due to some other VPS , which is not the case with dedicated server as the whole server resources are allocated for your websites.

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