Protecting your data is critical to your business longevity, and your business lifeline depends on ensuring your data will survive a natural disaster. This is very much true in a state known for miles of coastline, especially when there is the threat of severe hurricanes for more than half of the year. Just as the destructive force of hurricanes varies, so does the effect each hurricane has on different towns and cities across the state, some of which may not be affected by these hurricanes at all.
This leads me to wonder why organizations choose one city over another to host their mission critical data. The answer is simple: quality of life. People like to be close to the beaches so they can enjoy their lives. Does the same principle apply to securing their sensitive business data? Absolutely, there are numerous data centers throughout Florida including Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville to name but a few. But why customers choose data center sites in Miami , Jacksonville or Tampa is beyond me, considering that the risk of hurricanes increases every year.
I have had discussions with technology professionals and consultants who are of the opinion that much more consideration should be given when choosing your data center site. Over the years, consultants have been consistently recommending safer data center strategies. It has always been about moving data inland, away from the fury of the tropical storms and hurricanes, if only for cold site redundancy.
Colocation is a popular practice among small, medium, and large sized businesses to house their mission critical data and data network equipment in a data center environment. Many companies decide to colocate for various reasons like network up-time and to avoid high cost of in house storage and bandwidth. Colocation can be beneficial to businesses that have already put out the upfront expense of creating their network and server infrastructure.
Moreover, Colocation data centers are highly popular for business that already staff their IT departments. With colocation, companies are able to not only lease space in climate and humidity controlled environment with ample power and bandwidth, but they are also able to set up redundancy which otherwise may not be available in-house. Continue reading “What is Colocation?” »