The physical security of a facility should be monitored carefully; however the resiliency of the facility is a much more pressing issue. Being able to bring in preferred network providers and having reliable back-up, in the event of a power failure or unforeseen event, is essential to ensuring your data centre is up and running at all times.
Thus, the dominant consideration for selecting a data centre is flexibility. While space and power requirements are important considerations, companies must canvass the options that offer the greatest flexibility.
In most cases, building a dedicated data centre can turn into a greater challenge than is really necessary. However, building a facility or leasing ready infrastructure from an experienced partner who has 'been there and done that' puts companies ahead of the game in the ongoing quest for business growth.
Peter Adcock is Vice President, Design; Digital Realty Asia Pacific.
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