In our previous blog, Top 5 Benefits of Using a Data Center for Business, we described the benefits of using a data center to house your company’s servers, networks, and other computer equipment. But how do you choose the data center that’s right for your company? There are several factors to consider when moving your company’s information offsite. We’ve compiled a list of questions your business should ask before choosing a data center.
What type of security measures does the data center offer? This is likely to be the most important question you ask. There will always be a risk associated with locating your company’s data offsite, so it’s critical that you ask what type of security measures are being used at the data center facility. This includes security cameras, access cards, firewalls, and monitoring.
What kind of power redundancy is in place? In the case of a power outage, you want to ensure that the data center has the ability to continue operating. Having multiple back-up power sources in place, such as generators, batteries, or a combination of multiple power grids, is the best way to counteract the impact of a power outage.
Is there room to expand? Every business is looking to grow, so making sure that the data center has enough space to accommodate an expansion. It would be a huge inconvenience to find out that your current data center is not able to accommodate your needs, leaving you to go through the entire process again to locate another data center that has space for your data.
What is the data center staff like? You will want to ensure that the data center staff is friendly, reliable, and knowledgeable. These are the people who are running the facility that houses your company’s servers, networks, and other computer equipment. Getting to know them and making sure that you feel comfortable is an important aspect. If the data center staff appears to be unprofessional or unhelpful, then I would recommend taking your business elsewhere.
Do they offer a Service Level Agreement (SLA)? Not every data center will offer one of these, but you may soon see more and more data centers providing them to their customers. Recent research has revealed that SLA’s are cited as one of the third most important criterion that IT professionals look for when researching data centers.
These questions will give you an idea of what to look for when researching data centers. However, one of the most important aspects of choosing a data center is visiting the facility. Although virtual tours can give you an idea of what the center looks like, it is always best to go see it in person. That will also give you a chance to meet the staff and address any questions or concerns you may have.
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Blog Author: Vanessa Hartung