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.
Orlando can be considered an exception to the usual coastal hurricane problem zones. Compared with other data centers in the area, Orlando data centers are unique and offer peace of mind. Data center colocation in Miami , Tampa or Jacksonville may not be as safe as data center colocation in Orlando for a number of reasons. Continue reading