Is your company thinking about building a data centre? At INFINITI we appreciate that you may be unsure in determining your specific needs when looking to establish a data centre. As a result, we’ve developed a brief run through of some of the aspects you should take into consideration when deciding on the right build for you.
Location – One of the first variables to consider is working out where you want your data to be. Below are a few examples of how you can store your data:
Onsite build – consists of having your data at your disposal right on your doorstep. For companies that require quick ease of access to their data, they will want to consider this route. If you’re the paranoid type, it is also a great option if you want to make sure you know exactly where your data is at all times. Having your data available first hand can be an important part of the process for a lot of businesses but do expect a lot of in house maintenance to keep your data centre running as efficiently as possible.
Co-location – consists of having your data at a location that is not your own. Typically, a co-location (aka colo) is built to provide a rentable space for business’ looking to store their data in a tangible location without sacrificing onsite facility space. However, be prepared for a potentially large asking price, as well as the inability to access your data as easily as you could with an onsite build.
Cloud – A good majority of business’ have moved towards cloud technology to store their data. However, we feel it is always worthwhile in having a tangible data centre if you can afford to do so. However, if you are looking for internet dependent storage that doesn’t break the bank, then cloud is for you. Objectively, the cloud is highly reliant on an internet connection to function and can only be accessed online. As a result, you want to make sure that your connection is top tier to avoid any possible downtime or interruption.
Security – Like all aspects listed, security is an integral part of any data centre. Data is an asset, and at this point it should be treated no differently than a chest full of jewels. Data is a priceless resource that has become critical amongst modern business practice looking to stay on top. However, it has also become a hot commodity for hackers to get their hands on for ransom.
Because of this growing importance and interest in data, maintaining high security protocols have become more important than ever before. Keeping your data under close surveillance takes precedent over most. After the initial identification of your location, look to then identify your options for keeping your location secure. Consider the key points of access to the premise, consider surveillance methods i.e. is the building under 24-hour supervision, do you have access to CCTV, does the building have embedded security systems, have you considered obscuring your location to reduce risk? These are some of many factors that should be considered when assessing your data centre’s security.
Once you have considered the physical measures, you must then consider the digital measures. Is your data well encrypted and kept under a secure network? Is your data stored within an internal portal?
Although maintaining strict security protocol can come with a big price tag – the price to pay if you are struck by a data breach will be even bigger.