10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Data Center
So, you’ve chosen to outsource your data center. Now what?
It’s time to get priorities in order and decide what is most important when choosing a data center. Here are a few things you might consider.
Having redundancy in place when it comes to power is critical – redundant utility lines, generators, UPS flywheels or batteries to ensure that when the power goes out (and it will), your equipment won’t go down. Power outages have horrifying effects on servers, and you won’t have the time to rebuild your IT infrastructure, not to mention the risk of downtime to your end clients.
This is a crucial component of your data center selection, but most data centers will have access to a large variety of carriers. The pertinent issues deal with the cost of reaching your chosen ISP. Redundancy in this area is also important. Fiber gets cut and carriers go down. What can go wrong, will go wrong. So having redundancy in place to mitigate that risk is very important. Utilizing “blended” bandwidth ensures that when one carrier goes down, you’ll have automatic failover to another.
We’ve given you a sample of things to consider when choosing a data center. To read further on what matters most when making your selection, download our whitepaper on 10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Data Center.