Glossary

What are data center hosting services?

Many companies are moving to external data centers to store their business data to build or enhance their IT capability. This is because in-house servers pose various business challenges related to power, UPS, cooling, communication lines, back-up power, security, etc.

 

With data center hosting services, you can improve your reliability and capability while keeping your server in a safer and compliant environment. If you are looking for data center hosting services to support your global operations, you need to evaluate the following factors:

  • Data center location and access - Controlled security procedures, exterior security cameras, security guards, multiple layers of security, etc.
  • Data center communication and backbone - Carrier-grade Internet with multiple carrier feeds into the data center. Check for reliability and redundancy using a FMEA or similar analysis.
  • Power and cooling facilities – Redundant power management, air conditioners, chilled water towers, early detection smoke alarms, etc.
  • Regulatory compliance - ISO-audited procedures as well as certifications such as SSAE 16 Type II.
  • Other services - Temperature monitoring, branch circuit monitoring, and software for collecting, analyzing, and displaying data.

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