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Colocation from CloudCoCo

CloudCoCo offers colocation services at multiple locations throughout the UK and globally. In total, we can offer colocation services from 400+ data centres locations spread across 5 continents.

We provide standard and customised rack size, power and cooling to meet your specific requirements.

Our facilities are built to a tier 3 standard and boast N+1 resiliency throughout.

CloudCoCo’s Colocation Highlights;
  • Low latency – services are delivered from the location closest to your customer or user.
  • 99.995% uptime – that no more than 4 seconds a day or 30 seconds a month of downtime.
  • Over 50 data centres world wide.
  • 30+ Peering and Transit partners.
  • Connectivity to all major public cloud providers.
  • Multiple compliances including ISO, PCI, SOC and more.
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But what is Colocation?

When we refer to colocation, The term colocation centres is commonly used which are data centres in which equipment, space and bandwidth are available and can be rented out to businesses, the 3rd sector and the public sector.

The kinds of things you can expect to find in colocation facilities, or ‘carrier hotels’ as they are sometimes known will include power, cooling, storage, networking equipment and physical security.

Colocation centres can also offer connectivity to a myriad of network service providers and telecommunications at minimal expense.

CloudCoCo’s global colocation service will provide optimal performance and excellent flexibility when it comes to interconnectivity between your business, cloud platforms, and application providers.

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Speed is also key when it comes to colocation as you will need to be able to roll out new services to a variety of different global locations quickly and without any time-consuming hassle.

This can be complex when your provider only has locations in one country or region of the world.

CloudCoCo addresses this with our network of 50+ data centres located across 5 continents.

In summary, Colocation can help grow your business by providing more space, power, and cooling facilities with the added benefit and the peace of mind with affordable server security.

What More Can Colocation Offer You?

Safeguarding sensitive information is always going to be a top priority for any business. It is therefore critical that you opt for a service which can guarantee a high level of uptime and availability.

This is where CloudCoCo can step in and help support you with our physically secure, 24/7 manned data centres boasting N+1 design throughout ensuring if a piece of equipment fails, your services and data are still available.

Our Colocation services follow best practices when it comes to operational robustness, safety, security and trustworthiness.

We are a team of helpful IT experts who provide un-rivalled UK IT support and are available to help with colocation configuration when necessary.


Data Centre Connectivity

Another service you can take advantage of with CloudCoCo’s colocation facility is blended IP connectivity, which means that you enjoy optimised performance and greater resilience when compared to a single carrier.

The aggregation of client traffic means that you will also gain better value for money.

If you harbour any concerns over carrier overlay, you can rest assured that an intelligent routing platform can assist with ideal traffic routing whilst minimising packet loss and latency.

We also leverage bandwidth for better cost-effectiveness, this delivers a network performance boost whilst ensuring no downtime which could prove costly and affect productivity adversely.

Migrating to a colocation data centre

As part of our service, CloudCoCo offers data centre migration services; this is necessary when equipment is being moved and so there is a need for virtual machines to be set up to replicate actual computers.

This means that if you are migrating, this can be carried out with an absolute minimum of downtime or interference which could otherwise prove inconvenient, disruptive, and even costly.

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What are the benefits of Colocation?

As colocation involves the shared use of a facility, the cost of floor space, power and cooling is all shared amongst different business clients. This makes it more cost-effective than creating and inhabiting a new physical data centre.

Colocation also offers a greater degree of control, as companies can keep their own equipment at a data centre and have control over maintenance, design, upgrades in the same manner they would if the equipment was located in-house.

Colocation can grant a business access to enhance degrees of bandwith when compared to a regular office server room.

This extra bandwidth can also come in at a comparatively low cost as not forgetting that Colocation facilities are greatly advantageous when it comes to security, safety, and reliability.

Superior safeguarding against power outages is provided by the myriad back-ups in place and there are also better levels of physical protection including CCTV and fire prevention systems.

What Does a Colocation Centre Look Like?

Put simply, they are all different, some can look like office buildings whereas some look like warehouses. What is a key characteristic isn’t how they look on the outside but how they’ve been designed and built on the inside.

Colocation centres will have rigorous fire protection and prevention systems in place including smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinklers, and even fire suppression gaseous systems which can suppress the fire quickly and without damaging unburnt equipment unlike water-based sprinklers.

Inside the data centres they will contain a multitude of racks, cabinets and cages.

Although different between providers, CloudCoCo offers flexible rack sizes to accommodate all your different devices, not all providers will do this.

Cabinets and cages are used to facilitate physical access to equipment; a single cabinet might be home to single or numerous racks.

Cabling will be neatly installed either underfloor or overhead with power cables kept on a different rack from the data cables.

Air conditioning or air cooling is also a major consideration when it comes to a colocation centre as it is vital that the correct temperature and humidity range is maintained, otherwise the equipment will not run efficiently and there will be an increased risk of a fire happening.

This is because electrical power generates heat which can raise the temperature or the devices and the building, causing malfunctions if it is not kept in check by temperature controlled air.


How are Colocation facilities powered?

All data centres are powered from the main electrical grid within a country, usually a data centre will have multiple power lines entering their facility in case one of the lines fails.

In the unlikely scenario there is a power outage, a data centre will have an automated generator system in place; these generators tend to be powered by diesel fuel.

Due to the fact that generators will not start up immediately, most facilities rely on battery backup systems as well.

Small uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) can also be installed within individual racks – these are designed to provide emergency power in case of an input power failure.

How do I know if Colocation is right for my business?

When considering colocation and various cloud services, there are lots of different options available which can be tailored to fit your specific business needs.

Different solutions will have different advantages and disadvantages according to whatever your particular requirements may be.

Using the Public Cloud may be more convenient for some businesses which do not need to place such a high premium on data security or full asset control.

Colocation may offer better flexibility as your business is only renting the space for its assets as opposed to renting the actual asset in a private cloud model, or utilising the asset in a public cloud model.

The cost of maintaining and upgrading the data centre building and all the facilities within it, is our responsibility, not yours, removing those unpredictable costs which can burn a hole in any IT departments budget with no warning.

When considering colocation and various cloud services, there are lots of different options available which can be tailored to fit your specific business needs.

The team at CloudCoCo has helped many organisations like you either relocate into one of our facilities or take the journey to the Cloud. We are unbiased in our advice and will always recommend the best option to meet your businesses outcomes.

Different solutions will have different advantages and disadvantages according to whatever your particular requirements may be.

Unsure which option is best for your business? Get in touch today for a free 1 hour consultation to discuss your options.

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