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Do Datacenters Matter?
« on: June 24, 2014, 08:03:01 AM »

How to choose a datacenter when a company offers a choice between multiple datacenters? What factors should influence your choice? To start with, you have to gauge what your company needs and why. Why your company needs what it does is a question that can be discussed with a group of trusted associates. You may find that your company has a different set of needs than your current configuration template. Are there more efficient configurations, better suited to your company’s individual needs? The ability to discern between an effective use of your allocated budget and a sub-par datacenter choice can effect many areas of your business and play a part in your profit margin.

What do you need to look for in a datacenter? As an example, let’s use a hypothetical equation. You own a Web development company with around 15 employees. Each of these employees is highly trained, certified and proficient in the use of computers. In terms of technological understanding, your team is at the top of their game. Work efforts are generating incredible profits, when suddenly, you encounter a fork in the road. Your company needs to expand to accept a new contract based on a year of contracted service. You take on a team of 40 new employees in addition to the 15 working for you now, for a total of 55. Those 55 employees each turn in a total of 10 5,000-word documents, making for a total of 550 new documents every day. These documents are uploaded to a datacenter server that displays the pages to visitors. These visitors, in total, add up to around 61 million pageviews per month. The documents uploaded are rich in vibrant graphics and colorful images. In order to sustain such a high server load, the datacenter they chose has the following features available on the server end:

• 4x Quad-Core Intel Xeon

• 64 Gigabytes RAM

• 2x73GB, 15K, SAS (RAID)

• 2 Terabytes Bandwidth

• Managed® Service Level

On the datacenter end, the following features were chosen:

• Keycard devices, biometric scanning devices and 24/7 interior and exterior surveillance provide extensive monitoring on the data center.

• Only certified personnel who work at the datacenter are provided with access to our data center. No one else can enter the production area of the datacenter without prior clearance and an appropriate escort.

• All datacenter employees are thoroughly screened prior to being hired. Background checks and private investigations.

• Every data center’s HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) system is N+1 redundant. Even in the event of a catastrophe, the heating and ventilation system will find a way to stay online. All dust and contaminants are guaranteed to be removed from the premises ever 90 seconds.

• Fire suppression systems are in place to extinguish fires the moment they occur.

• Conditioned Power

fully managed dedicated server