The modern world of gaming is full of new ways to come together as gamers. From massively multiplayer online (MMO) games with large worlds of exploration to lobby games with a few players at a time, gamers can now connect with friends, enemies and new encounters down the street or across the world. For many games, players connect to a specific company's servers to play by that company's rules. If you want the power to mold an existing game world with your hands into a new design while delivering a changed product to gamers across the world, consider a few ways that data center colocation can help.
No Hardware Responsibility
One problem with running a physical server is having the resources and available space to manage it. A server could be as small as a desktop computer or as large as a 19-inch server rack with all of the equipment taken into consideration. You'll need a router that can handle all of the traffic coming in from gamers across the world while sending information to the same players. The Internet connection needs to be able to support that level of traffic as well, and the requirements can change daily depending on how popular your privately-managed game server becomes.
Data center colocation takes a lot of that responsibility out of your hands. The equipment already exists at a facility dedicated to server management and is maintained by technicians skilled in server maintenance and administration. Your main responsibility is paying the bill on time and customizing the server as you see fit.
You may look at subscription costs for server space as a continuing cost, but you may not be saving money by building your own server. You aren't just paying one time; a server likely requires a higher Internet connection than you'd need for your own Internet usage, and there are cooling requirements that could demand more electricity. Look to the utilities that you'd have to pay more for and compare them to the data center's cost.
Customizing Your Own Game From Anywhere
Another benefit of colocation is the ability to log in remotely. As a standard part of colocation, you'll need credentials such as a user name and password in order to log into the system. For many systems, you can log the server from anywhere with an Internet connection.
This can come in handy when you have files on a different computer or need a faster Internet connection. Instead of using your home connection, you may have faster access to Internet at work, school or other locations. As long as you can log in, you can send the files faster from anywhere you want.
It's important to note that there are still times when data can become corrupted during transmission. Although some public or membership Internet connections may offer fast, wireless or mobile connections, it may be better to use a more stable wired connection to ensure safe arrival of your files.
For more information, contact Cologix or a similar company.