Understanding Geographic and Risk Mitigation Factors in Selecting a DC Site

Bill Kleyman

August 27, 2013

2 Min Read
Understanding Geographic and Risk Mitigation Factors in Selecting a DC Site

Let’s face facts – the modern data center has become an absolute integral part of any organization. We are no longer working with single data center nodes. Now, organizations must find ways to be truly distributed and ensure the highest resiliency for their data and infrastructure. A major part of this process is selecting the right data center based on the appropriate risk factors.

Data center platforms must be built not only around infrastructural best practices – but geographic and risk mitigation factors must be taken into consideration as well. Far too often, geographical factors are overlooked in site selection activities, or at best are incompletely examined. And most data center providers, quite frankly, don’t do much to help in that process. 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.

In this white paper, FORTRUST examines several key factors in selecting the right type of data center environment for your organization. These factors include:

  • Seismic Activity (Seismic zone data and fault line analysis)

  • Threat of Flood (Defined flood zones according to varying levels of risk)

  • Incidence of Tornadoes (Zones which are more prone to tornadoes than others)

  • Hurricane Activity (Regional risk based on weather patterns and historical data)

  • Snow and Wildfires (Regional data on snow accumulation and seasonal wildfires)

Although environmental variables are extremely important – it’s also crucial to take into consideration the availability of resources. Download this white paper today to learn about:

  • Grid maturity

  • On-site power requirements

  • Multi-grid access

  • Carrier presence

  • Fiber backbone and proximity

As the data center continues to play a key part for any organizations – managers must take into consideration the environment and geographic impact of a data center site. Remember, logical data center clusters and high levels of efficiency can only be attained with the infrastructure is built around best practices, resiliency, and optimal location selection metrics.

About the Author(s)

Bill Kleyman

Bill Kleyman has more than 15 years of experience in enterprise technology. He also enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues about tech. His published and referenced work can be found on Data Center Knowledge, AFCOM, ITPro Today, InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Forbes, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and more.

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