As your business grows, sooner or later you will need to seek out a data center company to help you manage your data securely, effectively, and at a good price. But with so many data center companies offering their services, it can be hard to tell which ones will be good partners and which will drop the ball. Here are four signs of a good data center provider:
- They don’t just dabble in disaster recovery. Although the name of the game is hosting your data center, a data center company’s main business really comes down to disaster recovery. Simply hosting and running the day to day demands of your network is a relatively simple job that can be handled by any IT team with the right equipment. A good data center company provides much more expertise than that—they will specifically configure your data center solutions so that your company can rapidly and smoothly recover data following a crisis. This involves not just backing everything up in a secure, redundant manner; it includes good protocols for effective, recent backups, and a system for restoring the most important data first.
- They understand the advantages of different data center solutions—and recommend the right ones. There are many different approaches data center companies can take. They may offer data center collocation, full data hosting, cloud based hosting, or a simple backup service. All too often, the options a data center recommends is based on what equipment and experience they have, rather than what is best for you as the client. Look for data hosting companies that can offer all of these and will speak about the strengths and weaknesses of each to help you determine the right choice for your specific needs.
- They use reliable equipment. Providers will talk endlessly about features of their data center like its cooling plan, its physical security and its cyber defenses. Those factors are important, but you should also look under the hood. What machines do they use? How recent are they? Were they bought new or secondhand? If they sell them off when upgrading, how do they expunge your data?
- They offer fluid, scalable pricing. The only constant in a business’s data needs is that nothing is constant. You might only want collocation today but choose to move to the cloud tomorrow; you might have a high usage period this season but need dramatically less server space in a month. Your data center should offer flexible, scalable plans that change with your business.
Distributed Systems Services, Inc. offers all of the above and more. Contact Distributed Systems Services, Inc. for more information at 1.877.289.0395.