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vXchnge Nashville, Tennessee: Colo Data Center Spotlight

By: Ernest Sampera on November 15, 2021

Choosing the right data center location can put an organization on a solid foundation for sustained success, while choosing the wrong location (or at least a less optimal one) can serve as a drag on growth potential. While it may be true that the growing availability of high-speed internet connections has helped businesses “untether” themselves from traditional connectivity hubs along the coasts, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all potential data center sites are equal. As with most technology questions, the answer usually revolves around the specific requirements of each company and what they hope to accomplish in the years to come.

The Importance of Your Data Center Site Selection

For all the emphasis on context, there are a few factors that should be taken into consideration when considering where to place important workloads, store and manage data, and deliver digital media or application services. Even if a business has decided to adopt a purely cloud-based strategy and completely forego physical infrastructure (which isn’t always as effective in practice as it sounds), they should still think about where a cloud provider’s assets are located and how that could impact operations.

Location Consideration 1: Proximity to End Users

Distance still matters when it comes to application performance over network connections. Even the best fiber optic cables, which can transmit data at roughly ⅔ the speed of light, suffer from latency over long distances. With today’s end users prioritizing speed more than ever, it’s critical to place data center assets or adopt an edge computing framework that minimizes the distance between where data originates and where it is consumed or utilized. By selecting a data center close to the majority of their users, organizations can ensure that their customer experience will not be undermined by unnecessary latency.

Location Consideration 2: Power Grid Stability

Data centers are incredibly energy-intensive facilities. Although they’ve become much more efficient over the last two decades and feature a wide range of backup systems, they are still ultimately reliant upon the local power grid for their energy needs. The last thing an organization wants is for their data center to go offline when they need it most. As an example, just ask the citizens of Austin, Texas, who were unable to access websites or many municipal services for the better part of a day in 2021 when an energy grid outage took down the city’s data center.

Location Consideration 3: Vulnerability to Natural Disasters

Some disasters are unpredictable. No one can really plan for the day a truck drives into the transformer feeding power into a data center just as that facility is experiencing maintenance issues (which actually happened to a Dallas area facility in 2007). But placing vital data and IT assets in a location known to experience natural disasters, like hurricanes or severe flooding, adds unnecessary risk. For example, hurricane damage to city infrastructure  likely played a role in a data center outage in New Orleans during Hurricane Ida in 2021. 

Why Store Your Business Data in Nashville, Tennessee?

Apart from being the largest metropolitan area in Tennessee, the city of Nashville is ideally positioned to deliver connectivity throughout the Cumberland River Valley. Rated one of the fastest growing cities in the US, Nashville offers a potent combination of low cost of living and a booming tech industry that makes it an ideal destination for startup businesses and skilled professionals. With tech giants like Amazon and Oracle establishing a stronger presence in the region, there’s ample opportunity to deliver a wide range of services and solutions to the people relocating in search of new jobs. As the second largest location for music production in the US, there is a huge market for digital media services that innovative businesses could take advantage of with the right data center location.

Since Nashville is located far from coastal regions regularly battered by hurricanes and winter storms, it’s less vulnerable to outages due to natural disasters. This makes it an ideal disaster recovery location, especially for businesses operating in the nearby metro areas of Louisville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Atlanta. That same proximity also provides Nashville with outstanding edge computing potential, allowing companies to extend their network reach into underserved markets in Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.

Meet VX TN-01: Providing Tennessee's Top Data Center Features

Located in the heart of Nashville’s thriving downtown area, VX TN-01 is a 22,000 sq. ft. colocation data center built to deliver unmatched connectivity and disaster recovery services throughout the State of Tennessee and beyond. Backed by a 100% uptime SLA and staffed by a Bell Systems-trained remote hands team that’s available on-site 24x7x365, vXchnge’s Nashville colocation facility is engineered for perfection and innovation.

vXchnge Nashville Colocation Data Center Features

  • Cloud and connectivity exchange with direct cloud on-ramps
  • Carrier neutral ISP options
  • Industry-leading DDoS solution
  • Customer work area recovery space for business continuity
  • in\site intelligent monitoring (DCIM)
  • Supports 4-14 kW per cabinet
  • 3 MW of generator backup with automatic transfer
  • N+1 UPS system
  • N+1 cooling infrastructure and CAC pods
  • SOC 2 Type II, ISO/IEC 27001:2031, HIPAA/HITECH, and PCI DSS compliance
  • 24x7x365 on-site security and Remote Hands support

How Nashville's Data Center Features Can Benefit Your Business

Designed specifically for the needs of today’s digital-first organizations, vXchnge’s Nashville data center services can help your business make the journey to a hybrid or multi-cloud deployment and implement an edge computing strategy that reaches even more customers. Deliver low-latency services in one of the most promising growth markets in the country without sacrificing control or transparency thanks to our award-winning in\site intelligent monitoring platform.

If your infrastructure requires nothing less than 100% uptime and unmatched on-site support, the team at vXchnge has a proven track record of reliability and customer satisfaction when it comes to managing colocated assets. Our commitment to visibility and service can help your business achieve your most ambitious digital transformation goals in the State of Tennessee and beyond. Talk to one of our data center experts today to arrange a tour of our Nashville colocation facility.

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