Colocation and Cloud Hosting Explained

Our guest today is Bob Spiegel, CEO and founder of QuoteColo, a company that offers colocation and cloud hosting services. So let’s welcome Bob!

bob-spiegelBlocter: Please tell us a few things about yourself.

Bob: I am happily married, I’ve got four great kids and I like to spend my days at the beach, surfing and scuba diving.

Blocter: That’s not too close to colocation and cloud hosting, isn’t it?

Bob (laughs): Well, it’s what pays the bills. And seriously, it’s something I’m really passionate about. I started doing this business over 15 years ago and I’ve never gotten bored of it.

Blocter: So what is it that you do? What services does QuoteColo offer?

Bob: Basically, we are a colocation broker. We work with about 500 nationwide cloud and colocation hosting providers to find the best prices and services for custom hosting needs.

Blocter: OK, that sounds cool. So you find a company that is interested in cloud hosting, and then you ask a small fee, putting them in contact with the proper colocation provider?

Bob: That’s pretty much it, excepting the fact that we offer a free service – the colocation providers pay us a referral fee, without asking the clients any extra money.

Blocter: Wow! That’s a win-win situation, isn’t it?

Bob: Well, that’s how you keep a business running for over 15 years…

Blocter: So can you give us the basics of cloud hosting? Lots of people talk about it, and yet very few of us really understand it.

Bob: Here’s an example that should be easy to understand: cloud hosting is pretty much like a bank. You take your money there, I take my money there, and the bank stores it. Now replace “money” with “data”: lots of people take their data to a “data bank”, a data center that uses multiple servers to store your and my precious info.

Blocter: So what is a private cloud then? It’s like renting your own room in the bank?

Bob: Yeah, you’ve got that quite right. With private cloud hosting, you actually own the bank, if I may say so.

Blocter: Sweet! What about colocation?

Bob: With colocation, you don’t use other people’s servers, other people’s computers to store your data. You invest money in a powerful server, and then you take it to a colocation hosting center and let them take care of it.

Blocter: I see… but why would I want to do that? I mean, what are the advantages in comparison with a standard website hosting account?

Bob: There are several advantages with colocation hosting. To begin with, you are in total control of your files. Your entire website resides on your server, and if something needs to be edited, you don’t have to ask somebody else to give you permission to access your files, etc.

Then, you’ve got total freedom in changing the web host at any time. With standard hosting, you are basically tied to a particular website hosting company and the migration is painful most of the time. On the other hand, if you have your own server and use colocation hosting, changing the service providers is as easy as walking into a room and taking your server to the new provider.

Blocter: Those are good reasons! But why shouldn’t I store the server in my own house?

Bob: Well, you could do that! Still, all the colocation providers use special facilities, with temperature-controlled environments, to store your server. And if you leave your house, you don’t have to worry that somebody will break in and steal your precious data.

Blocter: These are all great reasons to choose a colocation provider, Bob! Thank you for your time, it’s really appreciated!

Bob: Thank you for having me.

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