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Colocation or dedicated server – what’s best for your business?


If you’ve ever spent time thinking whether your business would benefit better from UK dedicated servers or colocation, then we’ve put together some information that will allow you to make an informed decision…

What is a Colocation Server?

By opting for a colocation server, you’ll be giving yourself the opportunity to build and customise your own server. Whether you have it tailor-made for your company or you use a model that’s off the shelf is entirely up to you. If you have highly competent IT staff within your business, then you should be able to design and build the server in-house. You colocation server will then be operated from a world-class data centre in London if you choose to have support from Clouvider. Your server will be looked after and not suffer from any downtime, and you can also expect to have access to your server 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. So if you have very specific needs for your server, and you have the know-how in-house that allows you to build one, then colocation could be the best choice for your business.

What is a Dedicated Server?

A dedicated server is a server that you lease from a hosting provider such as ourselves. With a dedicated server, you won’t build it yourself, so if you’re a smaller company with less in-house IT expertise, then a dedicated server can help ensure you have no downtime and rapid web speeds. Items of the server will be pre-installed to suit your business and there will be plenty of support available to ensure you get what you need from a dedicated server. It’s also worth bearing in mind that a dedicated server means that you don’t have to share your hardware with any other company, so if you’re currently using shared hosting, it might be worth considering the advantages that come with having a dedicated server.

What should you consider when deciding?

Colocation servers are entirely yours, they are your property and will be made specifically to your specification because you will have designed and built the server in-house. Dedicated servers meanwhile are leased from a hosting company but can still be tailored to suit the needs of your company. It may come down to the size and scope of your business, so consider whether or not you want to build the server yourself; if not, then a dedicated server is still an excellent option.

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