Data centers are more than just a facility or a building with power, space or network, but are becoming a valuable extension to today’s business in order to support the digital growth and expansion. Although, data center infrastructure design is more or less similar across data centers and is guided by Tier Rating from Uptime Institute, the operational efficiency along with price and service offerings differentiates a data center from one another.
Selecting a data centre consultants or a facility is a major investment decision for any organization as they would be hosting all of their critical data in the operator’s facility. Choosing the right data centre operator can lead to significant cost savings and improve efficiency of the business in the long run.
Key points to be considered before selecting a Data Center Operator is as follows:
How to choose a location?
Location is the first thing to be decided while selecting an operator. Most of the organizations prefer choosing an operator who is present in the same city as the business is present. This is done in order to reduce latency, improve operational efficiency and also to manage and maintain the servers by effectively.
Did you know?
At present in India, there are about 135 data centers (31st December 2020), with major data center hubs being Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Chennai. These 4 cities put together have about 90+ data centers in the country, with many more projects lined up.
Does Scalability really matter?
The data center operator must be able to host the company’s existing infrastructure and at the same time have the capacity to respond to any increase in demand. So choosing operators who have sufficient capacity to expand within the same data center campus is always beneficial. An organization must always find out the availability of additional space, power and connectivity while selecting the operator, so as to not hinder their business plans for the future.
Did you know?
There are about 450 Hyperscale data centers (as on 31st Dec 2019) in the world and India accounts for less than 2% of it. This scenario is expected to change, as more operators in India are building Hyperscale Data Centers.
Connectivity Capabilities and Options
Connectivity is an important aspect of a digital economy. For a company looking to expand their digital services, connectivity becomes extremely important. A company needs to access the ability of the service provider to supply comprehensive and carrier neutral services to companies. Carrier Neutral Data Centers give consumer’s the choice of selecting a network based on their needs and requirements.
Did you know?
Most of the data centers that are currently being developed are carrier neutral data centers, allowing interconnection between multiple telecom carriers and co-location providers.
An essential part of a modern data center is the ability to monitor, manage and automate workflows by collecting information on both the performance of the computing platforms (servers, storage and network) and the underlying elements such as temperature and power efficiency. Automation of infrastructure monitoring and management should therefore be a key element of the specifications provided by the operator.
Did you know?
Major Data centers in India do not have complete automation of work flow services and these are being adopted by operators who are building Hyperscale data centers in India. This is expected to drive strategic partnership with technology players to increase the value added services.
Choosing a data centre operator that can provide the power density to support both current and future technologies is something an organization should look for in a facility. Data centre power densities have been gradually increasing over time with newer technologies and demand of higher kW per cabinet requirements. The PUE helps in determining the overall operational efficiency of a data centre facility. The data centre operator must offer an uninterrupted clean power supply with various back up options to support interruptions and offer the best possible PUE for organizations.
Did you know?
The average PUE in India is around 1.8, with the world average around 1.6 as of 2019. An ideal PUE is 1.0, with Google Data Centers having a PUE on the range of 1.1.
While dealing with a data center provider, you should look at whether the company has a strong history and experience. The data center should be able to support the organization for minimum 5-10 years. Financial security, financial credibility and operational efficiency must be understood before investing in a data center.
Choosing a correct data centre facility or an operator according to an organization’s requirement can take a lot of efforts especially in today’s time when an array of operators and developers are available to offer maximum similar services at competitive prices.
We at Ken Research, help you choose the correct (best) operator or facility based on the requirements of the business along with customized solutions at the best possible prices. Contact us to know further about the data centre facilities and operators that may be the best fit for your organization.
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