Colocation or Dedicated Server?

colocation or dedicated server

Looking at the differences between colocation or dedicated server leasing. What is better and what are pro and cons of both. One realizes that they are the same as well as an apartment for rent and one of property.
One of the benefits of renting an apartment is the ability to forget your list of problems and thoughts, that arise instead buying a house.

But let’s go into details and difference between colocation or dedicated server.


For colocation refers to the activity of housing, that is, to have your own server hosted in a datacenter. So you buy the server and configure its components “from scratch” to any desired level.

This option is better if you want to buy a server; then you need to rent space on a rack offered by a hosting company. With this service, you can take advantage of services of cooling, security parameters, backup power generators, etc.


Companies that make colocation use their own equipment which is sent to the hosting provider, installed and is generally not affected by the supplier, unless there is a problem that requires immediate action or unless the company has negotiated an agreement management service with the provider.

In addition, licenses and software are of the owner of the server. The colocation gives companies the flexibility to plan for growth, including mirroring, load balancing, and other options that are not available for dedicated servers.

Dedicated server

With the dedicated server you do not need to buy or build an own server, so the initial investment is much less onerous.

Obviously, it takes even less because a hosting provider of quality equipment will point to powerful and reliable. Dedicated servers are rented on a monthly or annual basis. The most common use for a dedicated server is for Web services.

Offers dedicated servers are usually limited to server configurations that are popular and that most of the vendors sell quickly because they do not want inventory for long periods of time.


In addition, the dedicated servers are usually provided as a managed service. This means that suppliers are responsible for managing all aspects of the server.
The companies that host multiple web sites are excellent candidates for the use of dedicated servers.

Pros and cons of colocation

There are numerous advantages of colocation:

  • With colocation you use your own hardware. With colocation services, you have the hardware, so if you need to perform updates or requiring physical access, you can access the hardware.
  • Opportunities and freedom to install any software and application.
  • Full control of the removal, upgrade and modification of any of the hardware in your system.
  • Greater Flexibility.
  • Scalability.

But of course there are also some disadvantages:

  • The difficulty to find available datacenter.
  • High initial costs of purchasing equipment.
  • Need to hire experienced staff to manage the server.
  • Fluctuation and variation in monthly bills that made it hard for budgeting.

Pros and Cons of Dedicated Servers

There are numerous advantages of using a dedicated server:

  1. Necessity in the short term. If you intend to use the dedicated server for less than a year and a half, a dedicated server can be a cost advantage until you are ready to buy your own server.
  2. Additional Resources. It makes use of the management server when internal resources are limited.
  3. Low cost of entry. With dedicated servers you will not have the cost of purchasing equipment.
  4. No cost to repair or replace the hardware. The hardware maintenance remains to the ervice provider.

But of course there are also some disadvantages:

  1. High monthly cost of operation.
  2. Need to hire competent staff and experts for the execution and maintenance of the server.

So both options have advantages and disadvantages and there is no direct answer to the question of which is better.
The decision whether to use the colocation or dedicated server depends on the long-term goals of your business, the complexity of solutions and the number of servers that your business requires.

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