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What You Need to Know About Data Center Location

By: Kaylie Gyarmathy on July 13, 2015

When searching for a new colocation facility, there are many things to consider. When using real-time data like cloud-based applications, streaming video, or gaming, the location of your data center can have an effect on performance.

Here are 7 things you need to consider about data center location:


Population is an important factor when considering the location of your data center. Having a data center that is close to a large body of users can improve network performance, reduce the number of network hops, and bring them closer to your applications and data.


Natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes happen and it is up to your colocation facility to plan for these conditions. Modern data centers are built to withstand most hazards. Review business continuity plans with your colocation provider so you know what to expect in case of a disaster.


When you get an alert that a server is down at 3 AM, how long will it take until everything is once again operational? When this happens, technicians may need to drive to the location. Picking a location that has reasonable transportation times is a big factor when you get that alert.


The telecommunication infrastructure is a core component of any data center. Before selecting a data center location, you should consider the overall speed as well as the number of carriers and level of support.


Today’s high-density servers have special power requirements when multiple units are placed in a cabinet. Power is an important factor when selecting a data center location because not every data center can handle the requirements of today’s high-density cabinets.


Any talk of power and virtualization would be remiss without considering cooling. These higher density cabinets require specialized cooling. Ask your potential data center how they handle high-density cooling to make sure they are prepared for your company’s growth.

Building / Free space

When your company starts to grow, you need to make sure your data center has space available. Increasing density is one option. However, you should plan for additional growth and make sure it is available in the future when selecting a data center.


Always remember, there are many factors to consider when picking a data center location. While price is a consideration, it shouldn’t be a primary selection criteria. By keeping in mind each of these factors, you can ensure your company has selected the right colocation facility for your needs.

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