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Crucial Keys for Deciding on Your Data Center Location

17 Jul 2015 by Katie Lahman

Energy, telecom reliability, the risk of natural disasters, location of end-users, and economic and regulatory concerns are crucial considerations when selecting a location for a new data center facility.

While it’s important that the data center hosts network equipment — website servers, data and back-up servers, software applications — it’s what the hardware and software do that’s even more important. All of these things essentially control vital data for companies and their clients.

That’s why choosing the data center’s location is the first (and perhaps most important) step in the entire process. Location is broken down into two categories: table stakes and customer applications. Table stakes are the minimum requirements a site needs to run a data center. Customer applications involve what is important to the IT operation.

Meeting the minimum resources needed

The first thing a data center needs in order to run is power. Everything starts and stops with power. When choosing the location of your data center, take these power variables into consideration:

Power availability: Choose a location where there’s enough power to run equipment efficiently every day.

Power affordability: Locate your data center where power rates are the most economical.

Network access: Select a place where content can be easily accessed.

Structural considerations: Choose a location that can adequately safeguard server equipment.

Environmental considerations: Find a location safe from natural disasters.

Taking stop to start and stable

Latency is the main component of customer applications. This involves the content that needs to reside as closely as possible to customers so it can be delivered as quickly as possible. In addition to the proximity to end-users, economic and regulatory considerations must be taken into account.

Tax incentives: Choose a location that gives significant tax incentives.

Connectivity: Make sure your location enables you to meet all the connectivity requirements.

Staffing: Hire employees who are certified to ensure the data center runs efficiently.

Ability to Expand: Select a location that can accommodate growth and change with your customers’ evolving needs.

It takes a lot of research and analysis to build a successful data center. The result is a highly efficient data center facility in a low-risk, cost-effective location. Learn more about what goes into researching and analyzing your data center location in this video by our partner, APC by Schneider Electric.