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Three questions to ask when choosing the right data centre.

Posted by Volta Newsroom on 12-Feb-2015 09:35:54

Volta_eBook1There are many reasons to use an external data centre – to ensure business continuity and data security, to centralise the storage of applications and data resources so they can be accessed from anywhere, or to deliver scalable, robust and consistent performance for demanding yet fluctuating activities such as web interactions and e-commerce transactions.

Data centres are also where cloud-based computing happens – whether you’re running hosted applications in a private cloud, accessing software as a service, or tapping into externally managed infrastructure services. But not all data centres are equal, so it’s vital to do some research before choosing where your IT systems, software and services will be housed.

Here are three questions you should be asking of any data centre provider:

  1. Where is the data centre located? – The whole point of using an external data centre is that it is outside the business, but your IT people will still want access to the facility, and the reassurance of knowing they can easily get to their systems 24/7. So the importance of convenience should not be underestimated. Volta’s London data centre is nice and central – on Great Sutton Street, close to the prime business areas of the West End, the City and the Tech City/Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch.
  2. How well connected is the data centre? – A data centre’s connectivity is its lifeline. Without it, no one would be able to access the infrastructure, content, applications and services housed at the facility. So connections must be solid, perform consistently, and have multiple layers of backup.
  3. How robust are the data centre’s security measures? – Security is an essential consideration within any data centre environment. This applies to the physical environment – which must be disaster proof – and to the safeguards and processes in place to prevent unauthorised access to equipment and the assets stored on them.

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With these and the other key questions answered, you will be able to find the right data centre for your business and understand how to maintain the benefits delivered from your new partnership. For more information on how to choose the right data centre for your business and what to do after you have found the right data centre, download our “10 questions to ask when choosing the right data centre” eBook HERE

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