Choosing a data center or colocation provider is a significant business decision. After all, your mission-critical infrastructure will be housed in someone else’s building. Some elements should be considered before making a decision. This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive list of questions for every company, but it’s an excellent place to start. These parameters can be used to narrow down your search or create a data center RFP.
For various reasons, location is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a data center. The first factor to examine is how easy it will be for your firm to get to the physical location. This is a significant factor if you ever need to upgrade or service your equipment (think about how costly having equipment down for an extended period could be). You should also consider the area’s vulnerability to natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Hopefully, the data center provider considered these factors when designing the facility, but it’s never a bad idea to be extra cautious when it comes to your vital infrastructure. The last item to consider is the ecosystem, which we’ll go into more in-depth later, but you’ll want to make sure there are enough power and fibre paths to and from the building.
ABILITY TO EXPAND AND FLEXIBILITY (SCALABILITY)
As previously said, you want your provider to be able to meet your demands today and for at least several years after you make your decision. However, different data center providers provide varying levels of freedom, and some will offer off-the-shelf solutions that may or may not fit your requirements. In addition to the more typical services, other providers will offer more customized solutions (flexibility).
Determine whether more room, power, and connectivity are available. Choose a service that can scale with you over time rather than one that can’t.
When it comes to picking a data center or colo provider, dependability is crucial. In the area of data centers, reliability is defined as uptime. A trustworthy service should have a five-nine uptime, which means it is available 99.999 percent of the time.CoreSite has a portfolio performance of six nines (99.9999%) uptime and a 100% uptime SLA. Staff certifications, client feedback, and on-site support are further items to check for (vs. outsourced).
How quickly do you need your infrastructure to be operational? How soon do you believe you’ll require a new cross-connect or additional rack space? Most firms want to get their new facility up and running as quickly as possible. Although it’s difficult to put a number on deployment efficiency, make sure your potential vendors clearly express timescales to you.
ECOSYSTEM IN A NETWORK
The ability to interconnect within a shared data center area is one of the most significant benefits of colocation. Interconnection can benefit your organization, whether you wish to connect with partners, distributors, or even competitors for peering. Learn about the various connectivity alternatives before making a decision. Is the location carrier-agnostic? Do they already have a huge ecosystem of customers who are connected?
THE EFFECT OF LEMMING
Understanding how many providers are in the area is a useful overall indicator for anyone searching for a data center or colocation space. Suppose multiple providers have erected facilities in the same region. In that case, it’s likely that the area is physically friendly, has adequate network connectivity, and has dependable utility services for power and water.
THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM’S STABILITY
Take into account the provider’s financial stability. You don’t want to invest a lot of effort and money in a data center that will be decommissioned in a few years. At the very least, your data center should be able to serve you for at least five years, if not longer. Press releases, financial reporting, and financial history can all be used to determine the company’s viability.