How to choose a Data Center: security and other factors

Data centers are today a real extension of a company’s business, so you have to be very careful in choosing. These are the most important factors to consider:

Security . In today’s world, data has an increasingly strategic importance, so the first factor to consider is security. Before choosing a data center, check its data protection policies, including how it manages access to on-site staff and customers; it also checks that it implements other security and data protection measures.

Reliability and uptime . The reliability of a data center is measurable in terms of uptime, which for the best is equal to a minimum of 99.999%. Before choosing, ask for the data that certify the minimum guaranteed uptime.

Flexibility and scalability . Choose your provider based on your current needs without forgetting future ones. Check that the solutions provided are flexible and scalable, so as to modulate them according to your needs of tomorrow. Find out about additional space, power and connectivity.

Financial stability . Take this factor seriously. Don’t risk investing time and energy in a data center that could close in a few years. Ideally, your data center should be able to support you for at least five years, if not more. You can take a look at press releases, reports and financial history to get an idea of ​​how stable the company managing the data center is.

Then there are two other factors to consider: compliance and proximity and concern the advantage of choosing a data center in Italy .

Data Centers in Italy: why choose them?

The map of data centers in Italy is getting richer and according to data from datacentermap.com/italy/ there are 69 structures in our country.

So there is no shortage of Italian suppliers, but why privilege them over foreign companies? There are at least two reasons: compliance and proximity.

Websites now have to follow certain procedures and rules when interacting with people, companies and their data. It is therefore important that your service provider complies with Italian and European laws on privacy and data processing. Currently the GDPR is in force which companies all over the world must comply with. The GDPR regulates not only the treatment, but also the access to data, so a national data center is in many cases a choice to be privileged.

If you choose a hosted solution and your data center is safe and reliable, the proximity to your company is not a real added value. But if you have chosen a service in colocation (housing) then the presence on the territory is decisive. If you need to make repairs, updates or periodic checks, proximity is essential to reduce costs and malfunctions.

Hosting vs housing: what is the best solution?

We start from the assumption that your company has chosen not to manage a data center internally, a solution that has some advantages: you can modify it, update it or expand it at any time and you are not subject to licensing or rental costs. But there are far more advantages to a colocation solution , where your servers are hosted in a data center:

Reduced costs for energy and air cooling.

Greater security.

Fixed and foreseeable monthly or annual costs.

Access to a faster internet and other services, such as maximizing uptime.

Providers are more structured to deal with emergency situations.

In short, housing (colocation) is the ideal choice for all those companies – generally of medium size, or in any case structured with an internal IT department – who need to manage their own proprietary server, but choose to place it in a data center for the advantages that this solution offers.

Very often small businesses do not have the resources – hardware and human – to manage their own server, nor the need. These companies usually turn to hosting , with which they rent a space on the data center servers for various activities, from the website to the online backup space .

Obviously, before choosing between hosting and housing, the company management should make a deep evaluation with a cost-benefit analysis.