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What Should You Ask At Your Data Center?

When considering a new or existing data center, it is important to ask the right questions. Here are some questions to ask your data center raleigh provider:

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  • How many servers can you fit in a single rack?

  • What type of cooling and heating is available?

  • What type of power and networking are available?

  • How much space do you have for expansion?

  • How long has your company been in business? 

  • Who are the other tenants?-What is your history with data center maintenance and support?.

Many companies believe that security is only an afterthought. This simply isn't true. The more consideration you give to your data center, the better prepared it will be for any security situation that may occur. Here are some questions to ask before signing a lease with a new data center provider:

  • Are we able to provide 24 x 7 monitoring of customer access points?

  • Do we have procedures in place for managing power outages, fire drills and other safety issues?

  • Do you offer training for all staff on the use of fire extinguishers and evacuation procedures?

  • Is there provision for cable management and server height?

  • Will you allow us to store equipment on site?

For example, if a vendor claims that they can save you 10% on your monthly cost, but only if they meet or exceed all of your security/network requirements, what does that mean to you?Before signing a new data center provider's lease agreement, ask for details about their policies for energy management, emergency planning, fire suppression systems, etc.

 

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