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In just a few short years the unprecedented growth of the Internet has made it a vehicle for multi-billions of dollars in business, and the forecast for it's future states that it will continue to expand exponentially. As the Internet continues to grow into a requirement for most modern business, so does the bandwidth requirement for Internet usage. Online TV, streaming radio, software downloads, peer-to-peer networks, FTP servers, and online personal pages are just a few of the many applications available on the Internet that require significant amounts of bandwidth. Bandwidth is defined as a measure of the capacity of a communications channel. The higher a channel's bandwidth, the more information it can carry.
There are many ways that businesses utilize computer networking to simplify and streamline their data flow. Ethernet, Intranet, and Internet are but a few. With the increasing demands for data flow, companies are always looking for efficient, user-friendly ways to communicate amongst their employees and their customers. The demand for large amounts of bandwidth coupled with the many different networking options available often makes colocation services the most versatile and cost effective choice for a variety of reasons.
On May 22, 1973 the first Ethernet connection was established between two computers on a Local Area Network (LAN). Between 1973 and 1989 much research and development went into the prospect of computer networking and in 1989 Ethernet was adopted as a standard. Within a few years 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connections were considered cutting edge, but just like most things in the tech world, the need for speed and modern technology quickly antiquated that hardware, and fiber optic data networks with redundant data storage moved in to fill the capacity required for large networks such as the Internet. Within the last few years, Internet connectivity has reached speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second!
Colocation itself has also gone through a great deal of changes in the last several years as well, even down to the way people refer to the technology. Co-location and collocation are both acceptable ways to refer to this service but colocation has become the industry standard when referring to it by name.
With colocation services, your company privately owns a server in a remote, secure data facility that is connected directly to the Internet without any need for other connections or service providers to send your data through. Eliminating the middleman and placing your product inline for immediate, fast download allows you to both optimize your server for efficient service and have a clear, uninhibited connection to the fastest network connections available.
Colocation evolved from the need for redundant networks to be able to supply information at high speeds. If you are a company that sells software for a specific application, you want to be able to supply it to your customers quickly and efficiently without excessive overhead. Since few companies are directly connected to an Internet backbone due to the costs of a local loop, colocation consistently proves to be the best option for their Internet needs. For example: To get 100Mbps at an office location currently would cost in the range of $15,000 per month and most likely be delivered over an OC3 (155Mbps). This same bandwidth in a colocation data center could easily only cost one tenth of that price or about $1500 per month. This cost savings for Internet bandwidth allows all sorts of innovation of different technologies, which use large amounts of Internet bandwidth to thrive where previously they could not have. Add to this the inherent redundancy and reliability of the Internet networks, uninterruptible power supply and generator backup power systems, etc. that are built into colocation service facilities and colocation services quickly become a valuable asset for the businesses of today.
Colocation services also allow a business the advantage of security. Collocating your server in a modern data-facility not only ensures that your server is available at all times for sales and customer service, but also provides the security of having it in a protected and optimized environment for data transfer. Redundant networking, direct internet connection, fire protection, true power back-up abilities, 24 hour surveillance, and controlled environment are but a few of the securities afforded with using colocation services.
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