Server colocation is the process of deploying and hosting an organization-owned server within a managed service facility/environment. It enables an organization to deploy their servers within an existing data center or IT facility. The server services, operating system and applications are all controlled by the customer, whereas the managed service provider (MSP) provides the physical space, power and network resources.

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In server colocation, the server remains the property of the client organization but is maintained, managed and monitored by the MSP or cloud service provider. The client/organization accesses the server over the Internet or on a VPN connection. The key objective behind server colocation is to utilize enhanced IT support services on key IT infrastructure/servers without incurring heavy operational costs. In addition to support services, servers are also provided with IP, bandwidth, physical security, power and backup services to the colocated server.

It is similar to dedicated server hosting, where a dedicated server is hosted in the MSP facility/data center, but differs in the fact that the server is provided by the customer/organization.

Sombha Solution Store provides top-tier colocation services — access to our world-class data centers, backed by award-winning support and industry-leading Service Level Agreements — while minimizing downsides like travel costs and capital expenses.

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Colocation offers space in the provider’s data center for your IT hardware. These facilities are typically audited for reliability and include racks, cabinets and cable trays for your equipment.


Colocation data centers typically have backup generators with varying levels of redundancy and/or battery backup systems or uninterruptible power supplies, depending on the facility.


Colocation services provide cooling systems to protect your hardware, typically including redundant HVAC systems and chiller configurations (e.g., centrifugal chillers, cooling towers and water loop pumps)