Thursday, October 10, 2013

SELECTING A DATA CENTER


Datacenter Location:

Your chosen data centre may not be in your vicinity but it is necessary that it is located at a safe and secure place. "An ideal data centre should be far away from the chaos of the city. While selecting a data centre one should consider its immunity to threats like earthquakes, floods, etc. Besides that, one should also choose a data centre which is not affected by man-made hazards like arson and loot. In a nutshell, it should be functioning irrespective of the circumstances around.

24x7 Power Back:

"The data centre should have ample power backup as at time there may not be electricity and to keep the data up and running, adequate power supply backup is a must. While selecting a data centre, ensure that it has adequate power backup facility because if you keep data live all the time, then you cannot afford even a second shut down of your data access. Never fail to get multiple opinions and analysis done on the business continuity solutions provided by the service provider before taking the final solution.
 
Internet Connectivity:

It is obvious that a data centre will have a high speed Internet connection , it needs to have a couple of other backup Internet connections as well, just to ensure that even if a couple of Internet lines go down, it has a few more backup lines to fall back upon and keep your data intact and safe.One of the most important criteria is the speed and the access for technical team at the shortest time.


 
Security:

Besides digital security measures, armed guards at the entrances to the facility, biometric systems and CCTVs - both inside and outside - of the premises go a long way in making a data centre a well-guarded facility, where one can opt to have one's data. Other security aspects like servers protected by locked cages, automatic fire extinguishers and more cameras that monitor the facility 24x7, must be in place as well.

Latest Technology:

An ideal data centre must adopt the latest technology and be in sync with ever changing technology. The service provider should be willing to upgrade and also willing to change along with the trend else you will be saddled with the obsolete technologies. A state of-the-art infrastructure is a must for a data centre and it must be well-equipped with the latest technology and system.

Cooling System:

The type of cooling system the data centre uses is very critical. Cooling system of a data centre must be eco-friendly, as non-eco friendly data centre run the risk of getting close down anytime.

Round the Clock Customer Centre:

If you are hosting your website and data on cloud, then you need to have 24x7 customer care assistance.
(Thanks to ET for the article)

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