Colocation typically describes the provisioning of space for IT infrastructure and equipment on a service provider's premises. Business who choose colocation often do so to maintain the control of their operating systems but still have a need for the physical space in which to house their infrastructure.
Traditional Colocation: The Basics In a traditional colocation scenario, the vendor supplies:
It should be noted that top tier colocation vendors also have options for additional services. (i.e, inventory space, access to multiple network providers, remote hand options). In traditional colocation, the customer also has a fair share of the responsibility. This includes:
It is also important to consider the hidden costs and non-operational activities in a traditional colocation scenario:
Managed Colocation from Rackspace
Because many businesses prefer to maintain a substantial level of control regarding their mission-critical apps, but don't want to be slowed by the complexity of managing a traditional colocation scenario, Rackspace offers Managed Colocation. Managed Colocation offers the best of both worlds: the desired level of control with the added benefit of a support team to proactively manage your config. Rackspace Managed Colocation is a level above traditional colocation, meaning it offers more support than pure colocation. Managed Colocation from Rackspace supplies:
Optional services include management options for storage, Managed Backup, Managed Private Cloud, Dedicated Microsoft® Sharepoint and Microsoft Exchange Server - Dedicated solutions. Rackspace also offers on-demand Managed and Professional Services for customers with unique requirements. In a Managed Colocation solution, customer responsibilities include:
Customers who choose Managed Colocation typically do so because they want to maintain OS control but don't want to be bogged down with the day-to-day routine of server management. Managed Colocation from Rackspace offers a hosting solution that speaks to your desired level of control but creates a much more user-friendly experience compared to traditional colocation.
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