Key Selection Criteria When Selecting a Data Center Provider
Partnering with the right colocation provider is critical.
Large firms specializing in cloud, internet, healthcare, social media, and technology continue to grow at rapid rates, they often see their IT footprints doubling or tripling in size in a short time period. However, these companies can be so focused on growth, they don’t plan for future IT expansion.
A lack of planning can be frustrating for business leaders who want to move key initiatives ahead rapidly but are held back due to the need to build out their IT footprint instead. By the time leaders stop to determine how much future IT capacity is needed, it can be too late, which ads to delays with key projects.
Increasing IT infrastructure demands can make it nearly impossible to buy colocation space fast enough unless you possess the expertise for rapid data center selection or can access key partnerships across many providers. However, this work is often a major distraction from a company’s core business.
Working with a company like Citadel is often the best solution to this problem. A delay in obtaining data center space can suspend or stop a company’s revenue-generating initiatives and impact on the bottom line. Rapid time-to-deliver helps reduce the risk of not having adequate IT capacity to support the demands of new initiatives.
When searching for a colocation provider, ensure they meet the following criteria:
Numerous and expandable connectivity options
Look for a data center that uses multiple connectivity carriers, which enables you to select best-in-class carriers that fit your requirements with easy onramps to the networks and cloud companies you need.
Critical disaster recovery solutions
Approximately 50 percent of businesses that suffer from a major IT disaster without a disaster recovery plan in place will never reopen for business. Additionally, the Ponemon Institute estimates the cost of downtime to be $7,900 per minute, and this number is only expected to rise. Look for data centers that deliver resiliency, capacity, reliability, geo-diversity, and 100 percent uptime SLAs to protect your business needs.
Compliant physical and logical security standards
Take the effort, expense, and risk out of physical colocation security by using a data center that employs industry-leading critical security protocols such as 24/7, year-round guards, video surveillance, restricted access, and more that protect your physical assets.
Redundant power and cooling technologies
When a natural disaster strikes, or systems fail, don’t be left unable to conduct business because your servers are down. Your data center should provide fail-safe electrical and mechanical systems that maintain parallel redundancy protocols to ensure the IT environment receives the cooling and power it needs to run at optimum levels with 100 percent uptime.
While colocation data centers reduce the risk of data being breached by hackers or destroyed by natural disasters, you can also reduce the risk of IT capacity planning variables by partnering with a data center provider that ensures flexible and scalable solutions to meet growing business needs.
When it comes to scaling your IT infrastructure or being ready for business growth to build out your next data center, trust Citadel to find a colocation provider that offers the flexibility, scale, connectivity you need – at the lowest available price in the market.