In just a few short decades, the Internet has changed how almost every business functions. In fact, recent estimates suggest that at least 82% percent of small businesses in the United States now maintain an online presence by marketing their products or services with a traditional website. In addition, many also routinely use other web-based technology options, such as allowing employees to telecommute, or using one or more forms of social media to create interest in their products or to help expand their customer or client base.
A colocation, or colo, is a data center facility business or individual can rent space in order to store and maintain servers and other hardware required for running a business. Usually, the colocation center provides the building, power, bandwidth and physical security, while the business provides the hardware. This type of service can be great for businesses looking to take a more "hands on" approach to their data management, and it has several benefits that make it a better option than managed hosting, at least for some companies.