Connectivity is an important issue for many businesses in the UK, because the country is still in the process of undergoing a major overhaul to its telecoms infrastructure in order to enable the adoption of next-generation broadband services that will seriously bolster the economy. Super-fast connectivity is necessary to ensure that the nation is competitive on a global stage, but there are many critics who point out that the digital divide remains, with some areas receiving much better levels of service than others.
For a business that requires hosted services in order to operate effectively, connectivity will be a key concern. Without adequate bandwidth on tap to satisfy the needs of both staff members and customers, you could find that productivity levels are hampered and user experiences may be off-putting, resulting in lost sales.
One way to avoid these connectivity-related pitfalls is to switch to a colocation hosting service, which melds the managerial autonomy of in-house set-ups with the bandwidth-oriented benefits of a dedicated, remote solution. So, what are the main reasons why colocation hosting should be chosen by companies looking for improved connectivity?
By placing your server hardware in a colocation hosting provider's data centre, you will be putting it in the best possible place to ensure that it has unfettered connectivity at its beck and call.
Data centres should be specifically designed and located to ensure that they can deliver adequate bandwidth to service all of their customers, which means that you will never feel like you are swimming through treacle in order to access hosted services. You should also expect that the internal networking infrastructure of a data centre will perform to the best of its abilities at all times.
Moreover, it is important to remember that you will be harnessing part of a system that is far more capable than anything you might be able to install on site, unless of course you are part of a multinational corporation with burgeoning coffers ready to dedicate to IT spending.
Even if your business is able to access an adequate level of connectivity on premises, hosting services locally will require that you are sensitive to the responsibilities which this entails. Downtime is costly and often catastrophic, particularly for smaller firms, so if an outage renders your servers inaccessible you will have to get things up and running as quickly as possible, or face the consequences.
Again, the advantage of colocation hosting in this scenario comes from the use of specialist data centres with durable and often redundant components, which make sure that the chances of connectivity being compromised are as low as possible. Colocation hosting also means that you will not have to deal with telecoms providers, since the data centre operator will address any problems at their end.
As with other advantages of colocation hosting, the ability to scale the available connectivity to suit the current needs of your business is worth noting. You can expand your bandwidth requirements as and when appropriate, which means things like temporary spikes in usage will not hit a bottleneck that cannot be removed.
Scalability of connectivity allows colocation hosting to suit businesses of all shapes and sizes without giving big companies an advantage or leaving smaller firms with unsustainable costs to bear.
The need for super-fast connectivity will only increase as more and more data and apps need to be hosted, so it makes sense to pick a colocation solution that will provide speed, resilience and scalability in the long term and give your firm the ability to grow at a rate that is not limited by technical annoyances.
This article is published in association with Daisy Group plc, a leading independant provider of telecoms and hosting services.