Important Geographic and Risk Mitigation Factors in Selecting a Data Center Site

The modern data center is no longer a singular location. Rather, new demands require the data center to be a geographically distributed network of resources. As new services, cloud components and users find their way into the data center model – there will be more reliance around the services that the data center provides. The selection process that goes into choosing the right data center can be rather tedious with numerous factors. However, geographical factors are often overlooked in site selection activities, or at best are incompletely examined. Many data centers produce information about hardware reliability or facility security, but often geography as a measure of a facility’s ability to competently serve its clients is neglected.


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According to this whitepaper, companies in the process of data center site-selection use various criteria to determine the best facility to entrust their information. The prevalence of natural disasters in U.S. regions is another factor by which companies can measure data center operations. Enterprises that outsource data center operations can mitigate certain risks by choosing locations in areas deemed low risk by historical and analytical data.

To truly understand the magnitude of the geographical selection process, this whitepaper covers several core points:

  • Seismic zone data and fault line analysis
  • Defined flood zones
  • Weather and oceanic patters
  • Natural disasters

Download this whitepaper today to learn about other core data center selection factors including:

  • Access to more than one grid
  • Power grid maturity
  • On-site power infrastructure
  • Fiber backbone routes and their proximity to the datacenter
  • Type of fiber in proximity
  • Carrier presence
  • Carrier type

As reliance around the data center continues to grow, it’s important to work with a provider that is capable not only meeting your needs to day – but one that can plan with you in the future.

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About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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