Today we’re comparing two primary forms of internet hosting services: Dedicated Hosting and Colocation. The most basic difference between the two is in who owns the hardware. With Colocation, the hardware purchase is the responsibility of you, i.e., the business. With dedicated hosting, all hardware costs are taken care of by the hosting company. Both forms of hosting have a variety of pros and requirements that make them uniquely tuned for your business.

Colocation

The primary reason a business chooses Colocation is their need for specific hardware. Colocation is best for those businesses in a position to invest money in the hardware required to build a server (or even buy an off-the-shelf build). The business pays for the up-front cost of the server and spare parts and upgrades for the future, but ends up with lower monthly costs in the long run.

Colocation Pros:
• You decide the unique server hardware specifications
• Monthly costs lower than Dedicated Server
• Fees include rack rental, connectivity, power
• Upgrades on your schedule
• 24-hour access to your hardwares, all year long
• Colocated hardware is your property

Colocation Requirements:
• Up-front cost for server hardware
• Spare parts cost
• Hardware upgrade costs

Dedicated Server

A Dedicated Server requires no up-front cost for hardware purchase, nor a fee for maintenance or parts replacement. Smaller businesses benefit most from Dedicated Servers as they require far less in-house IT expertise than Colocation. Having a Dedicated Server means that you won’t have to share hardware with any other business – everything is separate.

Dedicated Server Pros:
• No up-front cost for hardware purchase
• No spare parts costs
• No upgrade costs
• Hosting company handles upgrades and fixes on hardware
• Dedicated, non-shared hardware
• Requires little to no in-house IT specialist know how
• Managed and Un-managed options
• Hosting company provides speedy delivery on server configurations

Dedicated Server Requirements:
• General server needs (none too specific)
• Higher fees per month than Colocation

Wrap-up

The choice between Dedicated Server and Colocation options usually rests on the size and requirements of the business in need of server hosting. Most small businesses rely on Dedicated Servers to handle their needs because Dedicated Servers require little from the business to work. Some larger businesses also select Dedicated Servers because their requirements aren’t extremely unique – pre-built configurations are totally OK.

A business might instead select Colocation because their requirements from an outside hosting company stop after racks, connectivity, and power. If your business needs hardware with specs beyond those that a Dedicated Server service can offer, it’s time to move forward with Colocation.

Our Infrastructure Services

eSOLIX provides both Dedicated Server and Colocation solutions for businesses looking for servers or server space in both their Central Japan and Eastern US facilities. With eSOLIX, single-server, quarter-rack, half-rack, and full rack colocation are available with 24/7 monitoring, N+1 power backup, and bring-your-own-connectivity services (BOYC only in Nagoya).

Dedicated Servers with eSOLIX (also available in both Central Japan and Eastern US) include bare metal managed and unmanaged services. Both Dell and Supermicro enterprise-class bare metal hardware is available, and eSOLIX offers less than 24 hour delivery on most server configurations. A wide range of hardware upgrade options and initial configurations are available with eSOLIX today.

Take a look at what eSOLIX offers or head straight to the eSOLIX contact page to get down to business immediately.A business might instead select Colocation because their requirements from an outside hosting company stop after racks, connectivity, and power. If your business needs hardware with specs beyond those that a Dedicated Server service can offer, it’s time to move forward with Colocation.

eSOLIX provides both Dedicated Server and Colocation solutions for businesses looking for servers or server space in both their Central Japan and Eastern US facilities. With eSOLIX, single-server, quarter-rack, half-rack, and full rack colocation are available with 24/7 monitoring, N+1 power backup, and bring-your-own-connectivity services (BOYC only in Nagoya).

Dedicated Servers with eSOLIX (also available in both Central Japan and Eastern US) include bare metal managed and unmanaged services. Both Dell and Supermicro enterprise-class bare metal hardware is available, and eSOLIX offers less than 24 hour delivery on most server configurations. A wide range of hardware upgrade options and initial configurations are available with eSOLIX today.

Take a look at what eSOLIX offers or head straight to the eSOLIX contact page to get down to business immediately.