We all live in a data-driven world whereby data keeps growing even as the companies and organizations grow in size, hence the heightened dependence on the services provided by the data centers.
Be it your organization’s data or your customers’, handling a huge amount of data and ensuring top-notch security to the data is an absolute priority. Downtime and outages should be a thing of the past for your business, provided you’ve set up a top-notch data center.
But where should you start? What are some fo the first things you should consider when setting up a data center? While most of these things will be determined by your data center specialist, it doesn’t hurt learning one or two things to make the process swift.
Let’s dig deeper:
What is the location of the Data Center?
Location is one of the most critical elements to keep in mind when considering a data center. You can either opt for in-house or off-site locations. Both have their pros and cons and also cost considerations. If you decide to go for the in-house setup, you are guaranteed easy access to the servers sitting right on your backyard. However, be ready to foot the maintenance costs of the data center.
If you go for the off-site option, again keep in mind accessibility to the servers. How will you and your IT team be able to access the center? Is there access to power? Make sure that as you set up your offsite data center, the location is not prone to earthquakes and does not lye on fault lines.
How available is the Data Center?
Whether your organization is designing or selecting an already set up data center, the level of availability required is a crucial factor to consider. Nature of services run by your organization determines the level of constant readiness. For organizations set up to run real-time and critical data services will most likely require the highest level of preparedness for the data centers.
Some organizations or nature of businesses demand more than one data centers in different locations. This is in case one of them fails, then the operations can be picked up by another data center.
If you are operating a business that cannot afford any downtime whatsoever, then you will likely have to work mirrored sites which will pick up all the operations of the first data center in case of emergencies. You could also operate a parallel section to the main one. This type of setup is referred to as Active/Parallel and Active/Activ, respectively. In case of disaster occurrences, the disaster mode will then relocate all the processes of the first data center to the second one just like the way an automatic generator works in case of power outages.
Is there sufficient Back-up?
Back up is very important when it comes to data centers. As mention earlier, some data centers may be located in the same country, continent, and even all over the world. However, linking parallel active/active data centers has a limit based upon the transmission speeds, which dictate the distance. Say, for example, less than 60 miles if you are to limit data latency issues. To achieve this level of latency, use the dark fiber, which will enable the two data centers to work as if they were put side by side. This stands to benefit the business as there will be no requirement of additional staff, yet there will be immediate failover to the subordinate data center the need arises.
Keep in mind Security Measures!
Securing your data is an utmost aspect for the success of your business. Be it physical or virtual security. In a world where distributed denial of service is a common threat to growing business, security measures have to be at optimal levels for a secure future for your business. That goes without saying that the data center provider must be able to guarantee the security of your data at all costs. Visit the centers to make sure that you are getting the best.
Scalability and growth of your business!
Of course, every business has a growth plan and can predict the level of needs to the degree of growth for a specific period. Your data storage needs will rise as the business grows, and so will the accessibility to this data. When you select the data center provider, keep in mind their growth plan as well as how they can provide you with the additional resources, be it on short notice.
Is the Data Center Reliable?
One of the essential elements to keep in mind is the power back up and its configuration for your servers. The data center of your choice should be able to guarantee 99.995% reliability if your business has to function efficiently. The data center should also be able to ensure smooth accessibility of your entire operational data.
At the end of it all, there are numerous elements to consider when selecting the most reliable data center. Keep in mind how scalability the data center to the growth of your business. Be sure to choose the data center provider that will offer your business data ultimate security, will be available to you at all costs with no downtime, excellent backup and with a prime location for optimal performance.
For the best data center set up and consultation services, contact Hubtech Kenya. We have been in this industry for years, learning all the ins and outs of setting up a reliable data center. We also specialize in enterprise network design, manage data centers, and facilitate migration upgrades. We are your one-stop for everything tech!