If you’re looking for a safe, trusted data center to meet your colocation needs, there are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind. Generally, data centers are an excellent option for storing your data in a flexible and cost-effective manner, but as with all services, some colocation providers are better than others. If you know what to look for in a data center, then you are likely to have a positive experience as a colocation client. Here are three items to look for in a data center.
The most important thing in colocation is that your data is available to you whenever you need it. The colocation provider must do whatever it takes to ensure that there will almost never be a time when a malfunction prevents you from accessing your data. Such a guarantee – as solid as those sorts of things can be – is made possible through network redundancy. A good data center today will have a highly redundant infrastructure so that it can provide service on a continuous basis while keeping server downtime to a minimum. It is necessary to maintain redundancy in all aspects of the colocation structure in order to make unpredictable problems have as small an effect on the provision of service as possible.
2. Temperature Control
Redundancy is manifest in all the aspects of a robust data center, including the air conditioning necessary to keep servers cool. Good colocation companies will have air conditioning running to the point that it more than accounts for whatever heat is generated by the servers. Although this may seem like a waste of energy, it is highly important for the maintenance of safety and functionality in an environment that has so many electrical devices in such close proximity to one another. Energy usage is measured on a different scale in a data center as compared to the rest of the world. Keep in mind that, if everyone using a data center stored their data in private servers on their own turf instead, the energy cost would probably be greater. Consolidation keeps costs and consumption down, even if this may not seem to be the case at first glance.
That said, it’s a good sign if a data center employs some clever tricks to keep energy usage to the minimum level to ensure that safety and functionality remain at adequate levels. This shows that the company is dedicated to improving its systems and building the most solid infrastructure possible. Such a company will be a good choice for storing your data over a lengthy period of time, as you can bet that it will continue to innovate and refine its systems to meet the demands of a constantly changing industry. No matter how solid a data center might seem at this moment in time, new technology will inevitably change the way things are done in the industry, and a company must be able to adapt successfully.
As a long-term colocation client, you want to make sure that the company you choose will be able to provide you with top-notch service for years to come. So when you’re choosing the right data center to fit your needs, get a sense of how redundant (or robust) its infrastructure is, as well as how capable it is of adapting to meet the needs of a world in transformation.
DataSite has safe, secure data centers located in Orlando, FL, Atlanta, GA and Boise, ID. For more information on DataSite’s colocation services, please visit www.datasitecolo.com.