Not all data centres are the same. So when it comes to choosing the right data centre for your business, it’s important that you consider all the options, making the best choice for your particular requirements.
Or should we say, colocation? If you’re choosing a data centre for colo requirements, you’re going to need to access it fairly regularly, so make sure it’s within commuting distance of your technical engineers.
Will the data centre be accessible to your engineers at the times they need it? 24/7, 365 days a year if required? Or will they be restricted?
Data centre tiers
Data centre tiers were designed to help people quickly identify the level of redundancy and complexity that a data centre infrastructure has to offer. Choose a data centre that’s below par, and you could be looking at outages and failure to meet data protection legislation. Over-egg it, and you could be paying through the nose for a level of infrastructure that you don’t need.
In a world where cyber threats are becoming bigger than physical threats, it’s critical that whichever data centre you choose takes measures to protect itself. In doing so, the DC will be protecting your data, your customer’s data, and in turn your business. If compliance is on your agenda, check for ISO compliance, as well as a range of both cyber and physical protection such as man traps, biometrics, CCTV, infra-red trip wires and tremor sensors.
Power and cooling
This is one of the most important considerations. Power and cooling are the biggest costs, and are both critical in keeping your business infrastructure, or that of your customers, running smoothly. Check that your chosen data centre has sufficient power back-ups in place through UPS, generators or battery storage. What’s their SLA if there’s a power outage, and how will this affect you?
A data centre is only as good as its connectivity. There’s absolutely no point in paying for a state of the art, security compliant data centre, if you can’t connect to it. Carrier neutrality is a good option as this provides a choice of supplier to transport data. It’s equally important that a data centre is able to connect to a larger network of cloud services, so check whether your chosen DC has its own network or cloud platform, or whether it can connect to third party cloud services.
Choosing a data centre is a big decision for any business, and if you’re going to be tied into lengthy contracts, you need to make sure your decision is a good one.
Not all data centres are created equal, but what’s important is that the one you choose meets the needs of you and your customers, hits your SLAs and offers the right level of resilience, at the right price.
For advice or questions on choosing a data centre facility, get in touch with one of our experts today for a no obligation, free consultation around your requirements. Get in touch here, or call 0161 498 1200.