For companies that desire complete control over their server, colocation hosting is a common alternative over doing everything in-house. Westman offers space for devices on a rack along with various bandwidth options. The customer is responsible for everything else—purchasing, configuring, deploying and maintaining the physical hardware (servers, firewalls, etc.), software and the operating system.
Service typically includes: Physical space within the datacenter (e.g. a rack), power, internet connectivity and basic server availability monitoring.
Setting up and maintaining a colocated server is not a simple undertaking. It demands that the customer have a great deal of IT expertise and time. Any extra services or assistance by the provider, if available, incurs extra costs and is generally best effort support.