by: Reuben Yonatan, Tech Enthusiast and Analyst at GetVoIP & CloudHostingHQ, providing guidance to Voice Over IP and Cloud Computing consumers.
A colocation center, sometimes shortened to just “colo,” is a facility in which businesses rent space inside a dedicated facility. The space is often provided by an Internet service provider, or it has gateways to ISPs and PSTN carriers. The facility provides the space, the power and cooling, and bandwidth. Some facilities include security monitoring for an additional fee. The customer puts in their own equipment, like servers. There are advantages to placing your servers in a colocation facility, and also some reasons why it might be better to have your own dedicated site.