You’ve finally decided to make the move to a new data center. Your current data center no longer meets your needs, so you decided to start planning a move.
With so many factors to consider and so many options available, however, choosing a new data center isn’t always an easy task. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are five questions you should consider when planning your move.
1. Is the new data center powerful enough?
Data centers need more power density each year. Make sure that your new data center has a dedicated power substation, as well as backup power options in place if that power source fails. Ideally, you should have a backup plan to keep your equipment functioning in all types of situations.
2. Does the data center have sufficient cooling capacity?
An efficient data center should be able to balance cooling equipment and the facility with a reasonable power use. Cooling expenses for the facility should be affordable, so look for a data center that uses outside air and hybrid cooling techniques to lower costs.
3. Does the new data center fit local business codes?
Your data center is a local business, so local government will regulate your with building codes. It’s important to find a data center that understands this code so you’re always in compliance.
4. Is the data center physically secure?
Your priority is to make sure the data center you’re choosing handles equipment properly and keeps the facilities protected at all times. When inspecting a new data center, make sure that doors are locked, alarm systems are in place, and key codes are required for access.
5. Is the data center prepared for unexpected events or disasters?
The new data center should know how to lower the risk of, as well as how to react to, problems if they arise. You need to ask questions to make sure these concerns are understood, before you make your move. For example, ask what kinds of monitoring and suppression systems are used, consider what kinds of disaster training are required for employees, and think about the data center’s emergency response procedures.
If you’re ready for a new data center, Silverback Data Center Solutions can help you every step of the way. From the early stages of physcial equipment audits to insuring your equipment during the move, Silverback can create a package specially designed to address all your new data center needs.