What is a colocation company? It is a shared facility.
With colocation, companies share the cost of power, cooling, communication and data center floor space with other tenants. It is cheaper than building a new data center.
What is the difference between a data center and a colocation? A data centre is a purpose-built facility designed to efficiently store, power, cool and connect your IT infrastructure. Colocation is one of many services data centres provide, and is the act of hosting your IT hardware (like servers) outside of your premises and in a data centre.
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It requires customers to purchase hardware directly from AWS, instead of using servers they already own. It supports fewer types of cloud services — mainly virtual machines, object storage, and databases — than competing hybrid cloud frameworks.
How do I choose a colocation provider?
- Power density. Understand how much power — in kilowatts or even megawatts — the colocation provider can deliver, and discuss the power and cooling requirements clearly.
- Floor space.
- WAN redundancy.
- Contract and SLA flexibility.