Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

Sep 30 2013   4:16PM GMT

Word of the Day: colocation

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Word of the Day

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is colocation, a data center facility in which a business can rent space for servers and other computing hardware.  There are several reasons a business might choose a colo over building its own data center, but one of the main drivers is the capital expenditures (CAPEX) associated with building, maintaining and updating a large computing facility. In the past, colos were often used by private enterprises for disaster recovery and redundancy. Today, colos are especially popular with cloud service providers. Continued…

Related terms

cloud provider
cloud services
managed service provider


“A colo is a partnership. You work with them to host your infrastructure, and they can help as much or as little as you want.” Chris Steffen

Quiz yourself

What do you call the purposeful — and sometimes deceptive — attempt to rebrand an old product or service by associating the buzzword “cloud” with it?

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How the colocation data center stacks up to cloud, on-premises builds
C7 built its new colocation data center in Utah. C7’s CEO Wes Swenson compares colocation to cloud and on-premises data centers.
Cloud unearths hidden benefits of data center colocation services
Getting into a colocation services arrangement with a provider that also offers cloud services has several additional advantages, namely a boost in application performance.
Seven often overlooked colocation costs
Independent disaster recovery expert Paul Kirvan discusses colocation costs that are often overlooked during disaster recovery (DR) service provider planning.

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