We help you quickly identify the top-tiered data center providers, that offer colocation service levels to best meet your infrastructure and business needs, anywhere across the globe. Our team has toured and fully evaluated over 250 data centers worldwide. Our experience enables us to place our clients in the top facilities at best rates.
In our research, we find a wide range of variables between data centers including: staffing experience, power redundancy, cooling redundancy, connectivity options, power density and age of the facility. We often see up to a 300% price variation between data center options that are otherwise equivalent.
Selecting a data center or colocation services provider is a big decision for your business. After all, you'll be housing your mission-critical infrastructure within someone else's facility.
Before you make a selection there are a number of criteria you should take into account, below are a few things to consider when sourcing colocation services:Location - Geographic location is an important consideration for anyone looking for data center or server colocation space. Certain areas of the country and world are data center hotspots with many facility operators and network providers. Odds are, that if many providers have built facilities in a particular location, that area is geographically hospitable, has good network connectivity, and reliable utility services. You will also want to consider is how easily someone from your company can get to the physical location to upgrade, or service your equipment.
Operation - If you intend for the data center operator to be your remote hands, make sure you request references to verity the quality and capability of the service.
Natural Disasters - You should also take into account how prone the area is to natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes. If you must be in a disaster-prone area, make sure to select a provider who has built a facility that can withstand disaster scenarios.
Time - You want your data center colocation provider to be able to meet your needs now and for at least several years following your selection. Different data center providers offer different levels of flexibility. Some will provide out of the box solutions that may or may not meet your needs. While other providers will offer more customized solutions (flexibility), in addition to their more standard offerings. Find out the availability of additional space, power and connectivity. Don't hinder your business by choosing a provider that can't scale with you over time.
Reliability - Reliability is key when choosing a data center or colocation provider. Data center reliability is measured as uptime, the percentage of time a data center is fully operational. A reliable colocation provider should have five 9s uptime, meaning they are up at least 99.999% of the time. Other things to look for are staff certifications, staff turnover, customer feedback, and on-site support (vs. outsourced).
Deployment - Most businesses want their new space set up as quickly and efficiently as possible. Deployment efficiency can be difficult to quantify into a specific stat or number, but make sure your potential vendors clearly communicate timelines to you.
Connectivity - One of the biggest advantages of data center colocation is the ability to interconnect within a shared data center space or 'Meet Me Room'. Whether you want to connect with partners, distributors or even competitors for peering, interconnection can bring great value to your business. Before making a selection, learn about the available connectivity options. Is the facility carrier-neutral? Do they have a large ecosystem of customers already interconnecting with each other? Some facilities have multiple Meet Me Rooms, with separate building entrances to provide truly diverse physical pathways.
Financial Stability - Evaluate the financial stability of the data center provider. You don't want to spend a lot of time and money investing in a data center that closes within a few years. Ideally your data center should be able to support you for at least 5 years if not longer. You can look at press releases, financial reporting, and financial history to get an idea of how viable the