Have your IT needs outgrown your existing corporate facility?  These days, more and more businesses are looking turning to dedicated, fully-built wholesale data center space rather than opting for costly additions or constructing new data center facilities.  Wholesale data center facilities offer equipment and space for rent.  But remember: not all data centers are created equal. You need to thoroughly research the facility you’re considering to make sure that it can adequately meet your server needs. Here are some things to consider when selecting your wholesale data center provider:

  • Power: Can they guarantee an adequate power supply?  This is vital to avoiding failures and downtime with your server. These days, between 8kW-10kW are required to power the average server rack.  That doesn’t include the power needed for climate control and security systems. Ask for specifications on how much power the facility supports, and about the performance capability of its Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) should the primary power fail.
  • Security: One of the more important considerations of wholesale data center space is how the center is equipped to handle emergencies.  Are they located in an area that would easily be comprised in the event of a natural disaster, such as a flood or earthquake?  Just as important are how their premises are designed to handle such an event, and what their protocols are.
  • Climate Control: Learn about how the facility’s cooling system works.  Does it have adequate power to keep the servers at an optimum temperature?  The rule of thumb generally is that for every 100W a server expends, 50W is required to cool it.  Furthermore, find out if the data center has an adequate water supply for the cooling system, and how its sprinkler system works in the event of a fire.
  • Load: When looking into wholesale data center space, many are only concerned with the facility’s critical load capacity.  While that is important, another load aspect that’s just as vital is how often the data center will load test its generators.  Failing to test at least on a quarterly basis could mean that the facility will remain unaware of any generator issues until an actual failure.
  • SLA Compliance: While all data centers will guarantee optimum output at all times, no facility is immune from at the very least minor level issues.  Find out the details of its Service Level Agreement (SLA) and ask to see at least its last 5 SLA compliance reports.  That will help give an accurate gauge on what their response times are and what level of transparency they offer to customers when outages occur or support issues?  Downtime can be detrimental to your business, in terms of both profitability as well as reputation.  Your server can have problems at any time of the day or night, so to meet your needs, the vendor you select needs to be equipped to handle any of those issues in a timely manner.

Choosing the right firm to handle your wholesale data center needs is vital to your server running optimally, and, by extension, to your business’ operational effectiveness.  Asking the right question when looking for your next data center will help ensure that your needs are met.