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  • Cloud vs Colocation

    Hey guys,

    I am really confused with cloud and colo servers. Which one would be more reliable. Can you please suggest?
    What is the difference between them?


  • #2
    Hello Mrudul,

    The main distinction between colocation vs. cloud lies with functionality.
    • A colocation facility operates as a data center that rents floor space to an organization that has outgrown its own data center, whereas the private cloud enables designated users within an organization to act as tenant administrators.
    • In the cloud, servers are owned by the cloud provider and data is managed virtually. In colocation, servers are not owned by the colocation facility, but instead by the business that is leasing the space.



    • #3
      Here is the explanation about cloud and colocation:

      What is Colocation?

      When a business colocates its servers, it makes use of the infrastructure and capacity of a different company's data centre to process data.

      The primary difference, in this case, is that the company will continue to own its server software and actual hardware. It simply makes use of the superior infrastructure found in the colocation data centre to boost bandwidth and improve security.

      What is Cloud?

      In a typical cloud service model, a data centre uses the Internet to supply computing services to its client. Similar to how households pay monthly bills for using water and energy, the customer pays based on the usage of computing resources.


      • #4
        What is Cloud Computing?

        Cloud computing is a service, usually provided by a cloud platform provider that includes its own set of tools and technologies. These are based on remote servers that can be accessed self-service over the internet. The cloud platform provider manages the storage, servers and networks required, businesses simply pay to use these services as and when they need them. What is Colocation?

        Colocation is a strategic move in the age of digital transformation, allowing businesses to rent space for IT infrastructure in a data centre. Colocation is the way forward for businesses as it provides the physical location, cooling, power and security, so that you can move to a future-proof agile IT infrastructure and expand your global footprint. Colocation services also include the possibility of multiple and hybrid cloud infrastructure, with direct access to providers such as Google, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure. Advantages of Cloud

        Cloud computing has a lower entry cost for businesses looking to expand their IT resources beyond servers in their own office. The self-service model allows for flexibility to scale up or down compute resources used depending on the business needs. The accessibility of cloud is another key factor in the growth of cloud hosting, with 94% of enterprises already using a cloud service. Disadvantages of Cloud

        The use of public cloud services has its downsides for businesses. The volume of data can grow quickly into cloud, which can balloon costs and surface potential security and compliance issues with sensitive data. To scale effectively, businesses should not solely rely on cloud storage, as it can be an expensive alternative to hybrid infrastructure that includes both colocation and cloud. Overuse of cloud resources by different teams in a business can lead to sprawling shadow IT which can be difficult to manage and consolidate efficiently when looking to scale digital transformation. Advantages of Colocation

        Colocation is an ideal solution for businesses that require a mix of hybrid and multi cloud storage, as well as servers that store data locally for compliance reasons. Businesses that have outgrown on-premise equipment in their offices, often don’t have the capex to build their own data centre, which is why colocation works so well. Interxion London colocation benefits include having access to a data centre that is in the heart of London, close to offices in the City. The Interxion London purpose-built data centres have robust security measures and dense connectivity to over 70 carriers. With Interxion London’s Cross Connect services, you can connect financial markets, other businesses, partners, and customers all within the data centre for low latency data transfer, FS trading platforms, cloud service provider connectivity Disadvantages of Colocation

        Colocation requires businesses to provide their own servers and storage within the colocation facility which could cost more than using public cloud services, but it results in a much more secure infrastructure. Businesses have complete ownership and control over their equipment in colocation - but they need to consider the location of colocation very carefully. If engineers need to do routine maintenance on servers, a colocation centre situated far away from your head of operations could be a problem, costing time and money.


        • #5

          So the Key differences between cloud and colocation

          Private clouds differ considerably from both public clouds and colocation facilities, but they do have certain similarities as well.

          Much like public clouds, most private clouds work as multi-tenant clouds an organization uses to host managed services. Private clouds can also isolate tenants from one another using software-defined boundaries. A colocation facility is also a multi-tenant environment and operates a remote data center. However, the similarities end there.

          Although public cloud providers make their services available to the general public, cloud providers design private clouds to service internal tenants. For example, each department in a large company might act as a tenant and can create VMs based on templates provided by the organization's IT department.

          Some might assume organizations host private clouds in their own data centers, and, in many cases, they do. However, an organization doesn't necessarily have to host a private cloud on-premises to possess a private cloud.

          Here is a summary of the similarities and differences between public clouds, private clouds, and colocation facilities:
          • Public clouds reside in a remote data center owned and operated by the cloud hosting provider.
          • Private clouds can reside on-premises in an organization's own data center or in a colocation facility.
          • Public clouds act as managed hosting providers, servicing multiple tenants.
          • Private clouds also act as managed hosting providers, servicing multiple tenants. The difference is that whereas a public cloud provider's tenants tend to be unrelated to one another, private cloud tenants tend to be the individual departments in the organization. Private clouds tend to have few -- if any -- external tenants.
          • Colocation facilities are also multi-tenant, but unlike a public or private cloud, colocation facilities don't offer managed services to their tenants. Instead, the tenants only lease floor space or rack space in the colocation facility. It's entirely up to the tenant to decide what they do with that leased space.