Who We Are

The Colocation Corporation, Coloco, provides reliable, carrier neutral colocation and telecom services from our facilities located in Beltsville and Laurel, Maryland, USA.

Uniquely situated between Washington, DC and Baltimore, our facilities offer an ideal blend of convenience and scalability for clients of all sizes.

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Introduction
A Virginia-based Application Service Provider found out by accident that their then-current colocation provider had gone out of business weeks prior. The ASP needed to quickly find a home and bandwidth for its mission-critical tower server. By signing up for Coloco's MicroColoco 1RU service, the ASP was able to install quickly in a facility that satisified its requirements for data transfer, access, security and customer service.

Colocation Meets Small Business Needs
Scott Keen, owner of Reston, Virginia-based Paradise Software (www.paradisesoftware.com), that develops and hosts a web application for the freight industry called FreightOffice (www.freightoffice.com). Due to FreightOffice's custom programming and database requirements, it must be hosted on a dedicated colocated server. According to Keen, "shared hosting would not be sufficient and was too costly with all the a-la-carte add-ons. Colocation was perfect for my needs."

...But Not All Facilities Are Created Equal
Keen's experience with his last colocation provider, however, was anything but perfect. Keen recalls:

"I installed a server at a co-location facility where I had previously used their shared hosting service. I became increasingly frustrated with frequent outages and virus-infested servers on the subnet. Their staff had billing problems and never returned my calls or e-mails. In one virus outbreak, it brought the entire data center to a grinding halt. When I went to the data center to patch my server, I was told that they had gone out of business a few weeks earlier, as they were pulling desks and cables out the front door! I don't know what would have happened to my server had I not gone there that day."

Keen needed to quickly find a new facility. His search at first proved difficult. "I was quickly becoming frustrated with finding a place that would take a tower server and charge a reasonable price, and still offer high bandwidth, security, and back-up power sources. Most places wouldn't accept a tower server or charged only what the big boys can afford."

"Fortunately, I found Coloco."
Coloco's MicroColoco service was just what Keen needed. "Affordable. High bandwidth transfer allowance. 24/7 access to my equipment. Backup power. Flexibility of equipment from rackmounts to towers. And, the bonus of super-friendly staff and quick responses to my inquiries. I was impressed!"

Coloco's streamlined signup and install process helped Keen get running again quickly. "I was sent my new IP address and other technical data to configure my server. I took my Dell PowerEdge 2300 tower server to Coloco, signed some paperwork, installed my server in one of Coloco's cabinets, connected my network cable, and my server was instantly online!"

Keen also found that Coloco made the transition from tower to rackmount easy as well. "I later purchased an IBM Netfinity 4000R 1U rackmount server to replace my tower server, and scheduled a time with the data center engineer to swap my equipment. I did the swap in the late evening to minimize server downtime and was very grateful to the data center engineer."

Today, Keen states, "My server and my business could not be happier. Signing up with Coloco is a no-brainer! My server is running smoothly and without interruption."

"Finding Coloco was like finding all the answers to my colocation questions", Keen concluded.

How We Do It

Case Studies

In a small island nation a telecommunications public/private entity, wanted to support three call centers in the country with U.S.-native 800 number service. By using a combination of voice over IP (VOIP) and SS7 switching along with colocated hardware, the entity is able to increase its telephone sessions at a cost and bandwidth savings. Read more...