Location, Location, Location: Why it matters where your data center lives
With the cloud an integral part of everyday operations at many businesses, data centers are now essential to having both happy customers and happy employees too. Less is left on site, and instead fed through public and private cloud services, both of which may depend on your own data centers for optimal connectivity and latency.
As always, it matters where your data center is located to get the best out of your cloud and storage services. Businesses need to realize not just the advantages to a particular location, but the risks of that location as well.
The advantages to a good data center location
Primarily, businesses pick data centers based off the core advantages. What capabilities is the data center offering? Is it a green data center? How close is it to a major fiber network? Location can mean everything when considering these factors, especially with respect to how they impact the total cost of a data center site.
Teams should also consider accessibility with respect to these advantages. Depending on your business needs, teams might need to be on site at the data center to handle the particular deployments, and that costs time and money, depending on how distant this data center is.
Mitigating risks with a good data center location
Another important factor to keep in mind when choosing data centers are not just the advantages to that location, but also whatever risks might be apparent when picking that location. If your business is in a region subject to floods, earthquakes, or hurricanes, will your data center also go offline during the same disaster?
Should such a disaster occur, how badly will your day to day operations be affected? Would it be better to choose a data center region that costs slightly more, but is less likely to encounter a natural disaster? This is why, for example, regions like Singapore are much more viable for data centers than other areas in South Asia.
These risks can extend beyond geographic concerns to even political conflict. As your business expands beyond the United States, keep in mind that public protests, political upheavals, and other activities can all impact your data centers should the facilities become targeted, or if public utilities like electricity ultimately fail.
No matter where your data center lives, what matters the most is having the tools and capabilities to migrate efficiently and effectively between locations, whether it’s down the block or halfway around the world. If you’re looking to move between data centers, or interested in moving your equipment outside the office into a more secure, reliable environment, Team Silverback can help. Contact us to learn more about our services and capabilities.
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