What You Need To Know About Data Centers Before Choosing A Cloud Computing Provider
When choosing a cloud-computing provider, the data center is one of the most important factors when making a decision. The data center in the place where your information will be stored, and the point from which it will be accessed in the future.
It is imperative to research the data center used by your service provider. Below we have listed the most important things you should know about data centers.
Is the data center close to your service provider? Are they able to freely access the building if a problem were to arise? Data centers need to be staffed at all times in order for constant monitoring and maintenance. Does the location of the site pose risks? Can it still function in extreme weather conditions such as snow and rain?
As well as a data center being constantly manned, it is also essential to know the level of security in place. What security does the physical perimeter have (gates, CCTV, locks, scanners)? You also need to be aware of in-house security, what level of security clearances do they have for staff?
A major concern when data is being kept off-site is the dangers posed to the building and equipment. What would happen if there were a fire or a natural disaster? Does the data center have fire and flood detection? Do they have fire suppression and redundant cooling? Is all of their equipment and data is fully protected?
Does the data center have enough accessible power for the hardware and cooling systems to work at optimal levels? If something were to happen, do they have alternative power sources such as generators?
As it is imperative for you to have the ability to access your stored data, data centers need to have range of connectivity options. What options are in place and do they have a choice of connectivity providers?
Many companies need to report on their carbon emissions. It is vital to know what emissions the suppliers of your suppliers are producing. Do they meet the requirements of the EU code of Conduct for Data Centres? Does the facility take energy efficiency into consideration? What efforts are they making to reduce their carbon footprint?
What companies use the data center? Knowing who also relies on the site and what they say about the level of service being provided is essential before making a decision.
Does the data center follow the necessary industry standards? Have they been awarded the ISO standard for security management or superior environmental management?
We hope that after reading through these areas of consideration, you have a better understanding of what to look for in the data centers used by potential cloud computing providers.
By Kamran Maqbool,
Kamran is the Managing Director at Green Cloud Hosting. Green Cloud specialize in cloud services for SMEs, including cost-effective hosted desktop solutions.
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