By Jfreyre – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Colocated servers offer both advantages and disadvantages which are related to cost, safety, security, access, and compatibility issues.


All businesses require a place in which data is stored and employers may access the information and all applications with no effort at all. Thus it can be explained the growing need of maintaining an individual server, which is hosted by another company and which is located in a different place. This is called collocation and represents a current and common practice, especially when certain businesses do not own their servers.

In the managed data centers, experts handle the business’s network and the hardware. However, the business itself should handle its own application infrastructure, as this requires accurate management and evaluation. Managed hosting represents a better option in cases of impossible accurate assessment of in-house technology such as customizing an OS, a database server or a web server. Usually, this kind of managed colocation is more of a viable choice for mature businesses than for the smaller ones or even start up businesses. The specialists are continuously monitoring the servers in order to prevent or minimize downtime as a business may seriously be affected by a hitch like this and lose lots of money.


Colocation services also have power lines in surplus, so power outages are avoided.

Security is also improved as colocation services feature improved security measures both physically and digitally. They lock each server in separate enclosures and resort to the most updated and current security measures and firewalls.

In terms of costs, these are lower at startup. Businesses are allowed to rent the exact amount of space they need on the server for a particular operation on a contract basis. The document is renewed each year and kind of takes the accommodations away from customers. However, under the circumstances of needing extra server space, there is bandwidth available on higher fees.