A document, an image and a video, everything is a form of data.
McKinsey’s report on data describes it as an asset beyond our imagination. Indeed. The humongous data that surrounds us are key to fuelling business growth.
More the data, more the concern and trust factors. Unfortunately, the current wfh scenario has made data more vulnerable to theft and cyberattacks than ever. The most critical asset can only be protected by a secure data centre. Yet, the growing demand for data centers poses a question.
You are entrusting your mission-critical systems and asset with an unknown service provider. How well do you know them? Or do you know your data center at all?
Let us help with the four-point guide.
1. Type of data centre
Data centers could be off or on-premise. Cloud data centres are off-premise locations where data is hosted on any of the public cloud or on AWS, Microsoft Azure, or IBM Cloud.
Enterprise data centers, Managed services data centers and colocation data centers are on-premise where data is stored in a physical location.
Enterprise data centers are owned by an enterprise and are built within the dedicated campuses. On the other hand, managed service data centers are managed by a third-party service provider which rent or lease the storage infrastructure from the owners. The fourth type is called Colocation data centers where infrastructure is shared by multiple parties. Hosting, security facilities, speed, and firewalls are shared between the occupants.
2. Physical location
The physical location of data centres is of utmost importance to data management and security.
The best services have facilities for in-country or local data centres where implementation becomes seamless. Single data centres are prone to risks. Security, bandwidth, speed and risk mitigation becomes critical in such an environment. Also, the intended customer experience cannot be yielded by single data centre solutions.
3. Infrastructure facility and certification
A data centre must adhere to standard ANSI/TIA-942 certification to ensure compliance and is vital in protecting the hosted systems.
Based on infrastructure complexity and redundancy, data centers are classified into four; tier1, tier2, tier3 and tier4.
The most basic of all is tier 1 which is designed for small businesses. With a single path of power and cooling and minimal or no redundant components, tier 1 has an uptime of 99.671%.
Tier 2 data center offers an uptime of 99. 741% with redundant components including USP systems and generators for cooling. Tier 3 is designed for enterprises which require high security and seamless end-user experience. 99.982% uptime and multiple distribution paths ensure seamless data access and management.
Tier 4 or the most secure infrastructure ensures total protection from data theft and mismanagement. It offers round the clock monitoring without disruption with 99.995% uptime.
4. Credibility & Expertise
If all the above points are convincing enough, credibility and expertise of the service provider must be the deciding factors for choosing a data centre.
How reliable is the service provider to protect and safeguard your data?. Do they have proven experience? How much have they delivered and how much have they helped their clients are needed to build trust.
CtrlS being India’s only Rated 4 data centre has always ensured to surpass client expectations. Our Hyperscale data centers assure uninterrupted power supply, 100% network availability, ISO 27001 and 20000-1 certified security policies, 99.995% uptime with scalability on-demand and faster completion.
Does your data center have the same to offer?
Get in touch. Our experts are ever ready to help you provide the best suitable data centre solution.