Colocation refers to renting space in an external data centre for an institution’s Information technology infrastructure. This equipment, housed in the provider’s premises, can be used for disaster recovery or for cloud services. It is physically housed outside the entity’s premises, and thus co-located at the provider’s site.


At Ankabut, colocation means that servers, storage, space, cooling, power and bandwidth can be obtained from us and made available at extremely competitive pricing to member institutions in our state-of-the-art data centre.


A primary benefit is the reduction of the capital and operational expenditures for members. A flat fee is charged by Ankabut and in exchange, users avoid the high hardware and other costs of having their own data centre. In addition, they greatly reduce the heavy operational cost of maintaining, staffing and supporting their own data centre activities. In addition to reducing operational and capital expenditures, member clients can enjoy a flexible and affordable bandwidth, since colocation at Ankabut can make bandwidth available on an as-needed basis on a flexible pricing model.

Ankabut members who opt for colocation at Ankabut also benefit from our data centre’s high flexibility for power capacity, which can be useful during upgrades and periods of high capacity needs, Another benefit to member clients is the peace of mind knowing that the institution's critical infrastructures are housed in an exceptional data centre that adheres to the highest standards of physical and network security. Our Colocation facility is fortified against unauthorized digital and physical access, and against physical disasters such as fires. We use multi-tiered security to ensure the protection of our clients' data and servers.

Members who choose to collocate their IT equipment in the Ankabut data centre can rely on our very fast and very reliable network, which is dedicated solely for the research and education field. Colocation at Ankabut also aids an institution’s management in their business continuity planning efforts, since offsite servers, equipment and applications are available and operational during unexpected events.

How Can an Institution request this Service?

    If your institution already has access to Reach, our ServiceDesk, please submit a request for Data Center Colocation service in the self-service section under the “ Request a New Service ” category. CLICK HERE to access reach.

    If your institution does not have an Ankabut Reach account, please CLICK HERE to request Ankabut Service Request. A member of our IT Services team will coordinate with the relevant technical department at Ankabut and will get in touch with you within 2 business days.

    Only Ankabut member institutions are eligible for this service. To inquire about the many benefits of Ankabut membership, please CLICK HERE to reach a member of our team.