5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Data Center

Businesses are constantly on the lookout for new and innovative ideas to help them protect and manage information. One of the best ways to achieve this is through a data center, especially for companies that have grown too big to deal with all their data needs alone. However, not all data centers are equal. Before choosing a data center, business owners must fully understand their purpose and value as well as considering a number of factors such as data center design. A data center that understands and pertains to your needs will provide you with the best support and ensure you data is handled securely and efficiently.

What is a Data Center?

A data center is a physical or virtual facility where information is stored, managed and organized. Many businesses choose to outsource to a data center instead of building and operating their own in order to gain a number of network, service and cost saving benefits.

The Benefits of a Data Center

Data centers provide companies with the freedom to focus on more profitable aspects of the business whereas managing IT infrastructure and problem solving need not be completed within the company. This frees up IT staff for more important tasks and reduces the need to maintain a complete, full time IT team.

Another advantage to using a data center is that, as your business grows and requires more network resources, the data center can help meet you to meet your needs. The right data center for your company should provide you with adequate support, security and flexibility.

To determine whether a data center is suitable, the following factors should be taken into consideration.

1. Risk Liabilities

When choosing a data center, you not only need to know how secure your data will be but what are the liabilities in the cases of natural disasters and fire.

2. Lease or License

If you agree to license space, you put yourself at risk of having the license revoked by the issuer. On the other hand, a lease provides you with more legal rights to the property.

3. Design of the Data Center

Rarely will a data center have the absolute perfect design for you unless you have a very large budget. While one prospect may have the perfect amount of space, another may provide better connectivity. It is important to try to get as close to your data center design requirements as possible.

4. Tier of Services

There are four tiers of data services that relate to the reliability of the center. Tier 4 is an all-encompassing service and includes cooling systems, compartmentalized security and dependable server access while Tier 1 is far more basic.

5. Experience

Ask the company for qualifications and contact their references. This will ensure the center meets your needs.

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Jillian Johnson is a professional marketing content writer who blogs on a variety of topics. Follow her @MissWritey.

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