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What Data Center Compliance Means for Your Business

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Compliance is confusing and mind-numbingly boring for most people. Before you can even finish explaining what SSAE stands for (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements) eyes are glazing over. Unfortunately, data center compliance standards aren’t merely sleeping aids, and not following them is enough to break a company from fines and reputation damage.

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How to Get the Most from Your Colocation Data Center

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Data center colocation is an effective way for businesses to reduce capital expense by sharing building infrastructure, physical security and mechanical equipment. While colocation providers are responsible for the data center as a whole, individual tenants are responsible for their deployments and their activities in shared spaces. Every deployment makes up the larger data center ecosystem, and tenant behavior can affect the ecosystem as a whole. By following best practices, your company can get more out of your data center footprint while contributing to a better data center experience for everyone.

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Compare 100+ Data Center Features with Our Interactive Checklist

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Every data center search should begin with identifying business goals and the long-term infrastructure requirements to help accomplish those goals. Once you’ve determined your top IT infrastructure goals, whether that means improving availability, connectivity, adding disaster recovery options, decreasing capital expenses, or a combination of the above, it’s up to you to look for a data center that meets business needs. To really understand if a facility can meet those needs, you will need to gather detailed information on the power structure, cooling equipment, utility infrastructure, security and more of your top facilities.

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Is Colocation the Right Choice for Bitcoin Mining?

bitcoin mining in a colocation data center

So, you’ve had some success profitably mining bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. You’ve continued to expand your operations, and now you’re looking for a space that can offer you all the power and cooling you need as you continue to expand. What could be better than renting space in a data center for bitcoin mining? As it turns out, not all data centers are created equal, and colocation isn’t the optimal solution for many bitcoin miners. Here’s why:

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What Your CFO Wants to Know about Colocation

CFO walking tight rope between servers

So, your company is considering colocation as a viable IT infrastructure strategy. How do you convince your CFO that it’s the right move? Convincing your CFO revolves around risk aversion and cost management. To help your CFO see the benefits of your decision, address the opportunity cost of the other options you’ve evaluated, discuss capital expenditure (CapEx) versus operational expenditure (OpEx), and address how colocation minimizes risk and cost to your organization.

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4 Things Your Board Wants to Know About Colocation

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If your decision to go with a colocation provider comes down to a board review, it’s important to understand their concerns before narrowing your list down to a couple of finalists. Convincing the board of directors revolves around four important factors: maximum risk aversion, continuous compliance, economic advantages and corporate responsibility.

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7 Steps You Shouldn’t Skip When Evaluating Colocation Providers

servers in colocation data center

Choosing a colocation provider is often a long and grueling process that should involve not only the IT department, but also cybersecurity, finance, executives, and the facilities team, if the company has one. Every team that will be affected by a company’s data center decision should have a say in the process. This will result in the best decision in the long run. Once a company closes a contract with a data center provider, they are often committed to three to five years. Here are seven key steps in selecting the right colocation provider for your business derived from Gartner’s framework.

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Choosing an Infrastructure Model: Colocation Vs Cloud

server cabinets moving to the cloud

Are you considering moving to the cloud? You aren’t alone. All the hype would have you believe that companies are moving assets to the cloud in droves and shutting down their data center operations. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The Uptime Institute’s 2016 Data Center Industry Survey found that 71% of companies maintain assets in enterprise-owned data centers, 20% maintain assets in colocation facilities and just 9% keep assets in the cloud. While there is an increase in the adoption of cloud services year over year, this growth appears to be conservative.

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7 Ways Small Businesses Benefit from Colocation

 

cabinets in a colocation data center

With the ever-increasing number of services available, there are many options to choose from when it comes to setting up IT infrastructure for small businesses. So, why do smaller companies end up choosing colocation? We have seen many SMBs and startups switch over to colocation after carefully weighing all their options, or after finding themselves stuck with skyrocketing cloud bills when their business starts to take off. Here are seven key benefits they reap after deciding to colocate in a purpose-built, carrier-neutral data center.

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Don’t You Wish Your Colocation Provider Knew More about Customer Service?

colocation customer support

We’ve heard a lot lately about REIT data centers (Real Estate Investment Trust) and poor customer service. The underlying purpose of a REIT is buying, selling and leasing real estate, or data center space in this case. These companies are not service-focused, and they outsource the majority of their operations and customer support. For instance, many of the technicians, facility managers and security staff that work for the largest colocation companies are hired on a contract basis from third-party vendors.

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