What are Leased Lines?

Leased lines are a dedicated, flexible bandwidth, symmetric data connection, used to link two locations together. In most cases, the base connection is typically a workplace, with the second location being a data centre that’s connected to the internet. The internet breakout from the data centre is often resilient over multiple carriers helping to keep your…

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Cloud, Colo and Control

It comes up time and time again – “Why would I choose Colocation when I can host in the Cloud?” After all, the Cloud is globally accessible, scalable and you only pay for what you use. But how about the control aspect, especially if you’re trading in a regulated sector or operating environment and you…

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Taking Colocation to the next level

The concept of Colocation is pretty well understood and there are Colo data centres all over the globe. However, Colocation still requires businesses to have in-house IT expertise, or at least a trusted IT consultant, who can nip over to the data centre to handle any required changes and maintenance. But IT guys can’t always…

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Where is Colocation going?

With Cloud growth and expansion continuing unabated and the increasing ease with which the uninitiated can grab themselves an entry-level cloud landing zone, you could be forgiven for wondering what the future might look like for Colocation providers. According to a report published earlier this year, the future of Colo is golden. The report valued…

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Can data centres be environmentally-friendly?

That’s a pretty big question really. And one I’m not going to attempt to answer from every possible angle. But when you think about the sheer amount of energy being consumed in your average data centre and how much heat is generated by all that hardware and all that energy, it all adds up to…

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What is Colocation?

Colocation, or Colo, is a core service offered by the majority of data centres, but, if you’ve never heard the term before, it can be difficult to find out exactly what it means.   So, in a nutshell, what is Colocation? In the simplest terms, Colocation is a place where you can put computer hardware…

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Is your business WFH-ready?

With lockdown restrictions easing, businesses everywhere are taking stock and adjusting to a new operational landscape. For many organisations, this means more and more employees working from home, whether for more time or all the time, let alone ensuring a smooth return to work for colleagues returning from furlough. Given the shift to a more…

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Colocation vs on-premise

A part of my role that I really enjoy is helping customers to find different ways of doing things and seeing unexpected benefits as a result. A question I get asked a lot as a Colo provider is, “Why would I use Colocation rather than simply storing my servers in-house?” Here’s what I tell them:…

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What’s a Committed Data Rate (CDR) and other Colo jargon busted

When it comes to Colocation, chances are you’ve heard about a Committed Data Rate (CDR) in relation to network traffic. You might also hear that your bandwidth usage is billed at the “95th percentile” or perhaps you’ve seen the term “burstable.” So, what exactly do all these different terms mean? Let’s cut through the industry…

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