Lately, a trend has emerged among organizations both large and small to consider housing their servers in colocation facilities instead of, or in addition to, their own data centers. Here are some general best practices to follow when selecting the right data center site for your colocation needs:
Be sure the data center site you choose is located in a good physical location and has adequate building security. For example, make sure the data center site is not located in a basement in an area prone to flooding. At Atlantic.Net, we own and operate our own data center in Orlando, Florida and our facility offers state-of-the-art redundant systems, guaranteed power, temperature/humidity control, and security. In addition, we also provide redundancy through our alliances with data center sites in Dallas, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.
Cooling and Power
Cooling and power are two of the most critical factors in achieving high performance levels for your infrastructure. The data center site you choose must have ample power to run and cool the facility when it’s running at maximum capacity. Colocation providers also must have adequate backup generators in case of outages. At Atlantic.Net, our Orlando data site has generator backup for 100% of customer peak load with a fuel supply of 24 hours, with guaranteed refueling contracts.
Choose a data center that can give you the customer support you require. You’ll want a data center that can give you 24/7/365 access to qualified employees who are able to support your needs. In addition, check the employee turnover ratio, as high employee turnover could be a red flag that the data site is not worth your time. You want to work with a trustworthy and qualified company. At Atlantic.Net, we have provided customers with 24/7/365 in-house live customer support since 1994.
SLAs & Uptime
A reliable colocation provider will offer an agreement outlining the level of service they will provide. At Atlantic.Net, our industry-leading SLAs are backed by a 100% Uptime Guarantee, which means that we guarantee all critical infrastructure components will be available 100% of the time in a given month (excluding scheduled maintenance).
All in all, if you do the proper due diligence during your selection process, you should be able to select a colocation provider who will help you optimize your IT performance.
Being able to provide colocation service for over a decade, Atlantic.Net is a premium data site for Orlando colocation and hosting needs. Our Orlando data site is the logical choice for organizations that want to colocate in Orlando with a 100% uptime guarantee! Contact an Atlantic.Net advisor today at 800-521-5881 to learn more!