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HOW TO CHOOSE DATA CENTERS

FEATURES OF CHOOSING DATA CENTERS

Choose a data center for your company guided by the principle: "My home is my fortress"

 

Based on our experience and knowledge, as well as on the experience of our partners and customers who previously solved the problem of choosing a data center for their company, we decided to write this article and share our joint developments.

A data center is the place of residence of the equipment, the location of your servers, data storage systems, and on the "comfort" of conditions and security, the uninterrupted and stable operation of the equipment and, as a result, the efficiency of the applications and services generated on the basis of this equipment will largely depend.

How to choose the “right” data center?

What data should you rely on when choosing a data center? Maybe choose a data center based on the rating of the data center? Or compare services provided by data centers?

Undoubtedly, one of the most important criteria for choosing a data center will be price, but in any case, this criterion cannot be decisive. It is necessary to set a minimum framework in the form of a list of requirements and characteristics that the selected data centers must meet.

In each specific case, these requirements may differ, be more or less stringent.

All important parameters and characteristics of data centers, which are worth paying special attention to when choosing a data center for placing your company's equipment, we will try to bring together in a grouped form in tables.

Basic information about the data center

Let's summarize the data on the presence or absence of valid data center certificates in the table

1.1 Valid data center certifications

Valid Uptime Institute Design Certificate

Valid Uptime Institute Facility Certificate

Availability of a valid certificate of Uptime Institute Operation

A valid PCI DSS Standard v. 3.0

Availability of ISO / IEC 27001: 2013 certificate of compliance of information security management system

1.2 Main technical characteristics

NO.

Specifications

The minimum value for grade 1 is "bad"

The minimum value for grade 2 is "satisfactory"

The minimum value for grade 3 is "good"

1

Sources of power supply (substations) rely on various generating sources of electricity.

No

 

Yes

2

Redundancy ratio of power distribution systems (minimum specified)

No

N+1

2N

3

System for ensuring uninterrupted and autonomous power supply (battery UPS, DRUPS, battery UPS + autonomous power plants)

Battery UPS

DRUPS

Battery UPS + DGS (or other power plants)

4

Redundancy ratio of uninterruptible and autonomous power supply systems (minimum specified)

No

N+1

2N

5

Redundancy ratio of climate control systems in the computer room (minimum specified)

No

N+1

2N

6

The percentage of coverage of the total area of the data center with a video surveillance system (including the adjacent territory).

less than 60%

from 60-80%

more than 80%

7

Indicate the number of cameras installed on the territory of the data center (including all rooms and buildings)

less than 80

80~100

more than 80

8

Specify the storage time of the video recording system

less than 30 days

30-40 days

more than 40 days

9

Indicate which extinguishing agent in the fire extinguishing system

other

 

November 1230

10

Redundancy ratio of the fire extinguishing system (minimum specified)

No

N+1

2N

11

The number of common points for supplying external communication lines of the Customer (from the street to the Customer's racks, indicate common points)

there is more than one common point (room, tray, interfloor sewerage).

 

no common points

 

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