Colocation is a hosting option for small businesses who want the features of a large IT department without the costs. Many large corporations have the Internet infrastructure to host their own web servers and have a team of IT professionals to manage and design the site, individuals and small companies do not. There is a wide range of options available from simple hosting up to running your own Web servers off of a dedicated Internet connection. One such option is colocation.
Colocation allows you to place your server machine in Aptics's rack and share our bandwidth as your own. It generally costs more than standard Web hosting, but less than a comparable amount of bandwidth into your place of business. Once you have a machine set up, you take it physically to Aptics and install it in our rack or you rent a server machine. We then provide an IP, bandwidth, and power to your server. Once it's up and running, you access it much like you would access a Web site on a hosting provider. The difference being that you own the hardware.
- The biggest advantage of colocation is the cost for bandwidth;
- Colocation facilities have better power and internet outage protection;
- We own the server machinery. If we decide that the machine is too slow or doesn't have enough memory, we can simply upgrade the server;
- If you move, we can leave the server up and running the entire time;
- Aptics provides additional security for your machines. Your server is stored and maintained in a secured environment;
- We can manage and maintain your server for you for an extra cost. This is especially useful if you don't have IT team members or your office is located far from the provider.