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Beyond London Colo: 4 Benefits of Local Colocation

Posted by Adrien Tibi

Organisations choosing to co-locate their servers outside of London have the benefit of accessibility, reduced latency, affordability and increased security.

The fact is that the Greater London area has the highest concentration of data centres in the UK, and for many organisations, it will be the only location they consider. But with new hubs popping up in places such as Manchester and Birmingham, more and more regional businesses are looking at the benefits that colocation outside of the capital can offer them.

1. Accessibility

If your organisation is based outside the capital and your team need access to your server hosting environment, it’s kind of a no-brainer to pick a data centre near to your office location.

Even if you are based in London, concerns about data security in the event of a disaster or emergency may make it better for you to choose a location outside of the M25. A data centre location close to the M4 corridor such Maidenhead or Slough will still offer convenience for travelling Sysadmins and IT administrators, but will also keep Business Continuity and Risk Assessment happy.

Of course, many datacentres offer use of remote hands for basic requests, so you don’t even need to visit.

2. Reduced Latency

If your office is outside of London, choosing a data centre that’s closer to home will reduce latency to a minimum. In fact, even if your offices are in the capital, latency will be minimal if you have a P2P (point to point) line installed between your datacentre and your office.

There’s also the fact that some London datacentres have worse latency than better connected ones outside of the capital. For example, we have a direct line from our London cores (i.e. public internet) to our Maidenhead data centre, and it works better than someone being in London and then having to “hop” between three people in order to reach the public internet.

3. Affordability

London is the most expensive city in the world to live and work in. It’s really not surprising that it’s also the most expensive place to host your data.

Many businesses are wasting valuable office space to have their servers on site, or within the M25, largely because they believe this will reduce latency. The truth, however, is that latency will be negligible if you install a P2P.

4. Security

If data security and recovery in the event of a major terrorist attack is a priority for your organisation, then colocation outside of London may be a sensible hosting choice. Of course, with a city the sheer size of London, it’s still possible to choose central locations that are outside of high-risk areas.

Overall there are some great reasons to choose data centres outside of London to collocate your servers. You’ll most likely save money. Your equipment will be accessible, and it will be more secure.


What is colocation?

Posted by Adrien Tibi

Moving your existing servers out of your own premises and in to a data centre improves reliability and security while granting access to sophisticated connectivity and hybrid cloud computing options.

IT and applications are increasingly moving to the cloud, but there are still a great many servers sitting in offices around the world. These servers can be a drain on their owners, who have to manage and maintain them, and they still remain vulnerable to a wide range of business risks including fire, theft and connectivity outage.

When the investment in equipment has already been made, and you want to continue using it, but you want to benefit from a more secure environment, better access to connectivity and higher levels of resilience, colocation is the solution.

What is colocation?

Colocation is the act of housing your physical servers in someone else’s data centre.

By colocating your servers within a managed data centre, you can obtain many of the benefits of the data centre environment and business model without the need to invest in new dedicated servers or migrate your applications to virtual ones.

Key benefits of collocating your servers include improved business continuity capability, enhanced connectivity options and access to hybrid cloud options.

Business continuity

No business can affordably create an IT environment as safe and secure as that of a Tier 3 data centre – the tier of data centre that most respectable hosting providers operate.

A Tier 3 data centre offers, amongst other things:

All things that you, probably, cannot replicate on your own site and which can, in the event of a system outage or service interruption, keep your servers online and available.


With increasing globalisation, more mobile workers and BYOD trends, servers connected to your building’s internet pipe are not going to meet the connectivity needs of your organisation.

In a colocation facility, your servers can be given state of the art connectivity. This includes but is not limited to:

Hybrid cloud

Data centres are, naturally, the place where public, private and bare metal clouds live. Colocating your own servers with providers of these other platforms will make it easier integrate them into a hybrid cloud solution – both technically and financially.

By colocating within a data centre, your servers can easily be connected with a wide range of complementary technologies that address specific requirements for your business. These could include solutions like:

A solution for now, and the future

From your first steps into cloud computing through to a fully mature cloud strategy, colocation plays a valuable role at every stage of cloud adoption. For some services, running anything but your own hardware may not be an option but by colocating you’re getting access to all the benefits of the data centre environment all the same.

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