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Colocation: Build Your Own Cloud

June 19, 2017
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By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the cloud. Nebulous internet space in which data can be stored without actually “being anywhere”. Of course there has to be real servers somewhere that physically host all that data, but they’re far removed and well-protected therefore safe from unfortunate events that may befall your local systems. The physical cloud servers are usually owned by your cloud service provider in a big safe building full of cooled racks of equipment. If you want all the benefits of cloud hosting and none of the hassle of dealing with another company, colocation is the only way to go.

Private Servers, Private Systems

There are many reasons why a company might want to colocate and host their cloud-secure data on private servers. A software company, for instance, with the ability to configure, maintain, and write new software for their servers may not appreciate the limitations and rules associated with public cloud rental services. A company that handles sensitive data, on the other hand, may rather keep their data in a safe, remote location, but not one that belongs to someone else. Ultimately, the benefit of a private vault of servers is that you can control absolutely everything, including the hardware used, the software loaded on it, and how the data is accessed.

Safety in Separation

When you choose to colocate, the first thing you need is a co-location. This building can be close to you or far away, what matters is that it and its computer systems are completely separate. The safety of the cloud (distantly stored online servers) is that configuration mistakes and harmful viruses cannot get from your local systems into your cloud storage. Even ransomware, the current terror of modern business file systems, shouldn’t be able to enter a well-secured cloud server. This is because cloud servers a) don’t browse the web, b) don’t open phishing emails, and c) aren’t directly networked to any computers that do these things. For this reason, the best way to host your own cloud servers is in rented commercial space in a data center. There are several locations that specialize in offering this kind of service.

Your Own Room of Servers

What you get when you rent a co-location is a big, cold room (or several, depending on your plans). These rooms are filled with tall metal racks, which often come with the room, and a copious network of connections for every possible server need. You are free to buy your own servers (and any other equipment you want to store in the room) and hook it up as you please, however many of your co-location options also offer setup and maintenance for your gear. This is for those who are not already technical gurus, but want the privacy of their own cloud servers anyway. You are also not limited to your original setup, able to add racks and more room at any time. All you need to do is choose a location and set up your servers once. Revisitations should only be necessary if you want to add or significantly change your physical setup.

With co-location, there’s no limit to the server operations you can do, because the servers are yours. No more having to worry about exceeding artificial transfer or usage limits. No more sharing resources with other companies because you are renting virtual servers on shared machines. If starting your own safe and private room of cloud servers sounds fantastic and Toronto sounds like a great co-location, Accelerated Connections has the big cold rooms and server racks ready! Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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