Cabinet colocation is also called 42U colocation. It means you as a client will be buying a full cabinet space from your third-party colocation provider. Colocation is a process where you house your server or multiple servers in a professionally maintained data center away from your business premises.
In colocation, you will own the server hardware but rather than invest and build your own infrastructure, you use the facilities of an external provider by paying a monthly or annual rental. Racks in a data center are classified as per their size capacity. The rack space ranges from 18U to 42U. Most data centers offer 42U rack height server spaces.
Benefits that a business gets:
Reduced IT infrastructure costs:
The cabinet colocation will enable an organization to enjoy complete data center facilities without the need to make any upfront investment that incurs in building one of their own. The complete cabinet i.e. the 42U is dedicated e4xclusively for the single entity like a dedicated hosting. Your business will receive a full rack server in a redundant environment without any interruptions and superior connectivity in a secured and locked cabinet. The escalating capital investment in power backups, UPS, cooling solutions that is otherwise required is eliminated. Since you will have the complete cabinet you can predict your expenses and pay a fixed price.
Flexible and reliable:
The cabinet colocation will be an ideal solution for the businesses that have multiple servers. Instead of sharing the bandwidth, power etc with outside entities and choosing several rack spaces, they will enjoy an isolated and secure environment housing for all their servers. Some of the top service providers also allow you to customize and build your own package to suit your business needs.
The control is with you
Although your servers are elsewhere, you have complete authority over the infrastructure. If you find the speed lower than normal or want to install your own applications, cabinet colocation allows you to configure the servers in any manner without waiting for the host’s approval. You enjoy the benefits of a dedicated server without paying the high rentals while owning your server. You can change the hardware, add more capacity and use it for any business. Your authorized technical staff can access the server any time in a day.
Gives you room to grow:
The requirements increase as your business grows. The capacity of a 42U cabinet has ample space without being shared with others. This allows a business to add more servers at any given time without risks of exceeding the space allocated to them. The rack is adjustable and can easily adapt to multiple server sizes.
Easy to manage
Maintenance in cabinet colocation can be much easier and faster More so, if you have multiple servers. They can be easily accessible. The cabinet is compatible with any type of hardware equipment and enables you to work with any type of servers. The hardware maintenance, server equipment, technical support costs are all on the organization. In case, you wish to avoid the expenses, you can choose the managed colocation services.