We are constantly talking to large companies on the east and west coasts about our Midwest colocation facilities. They are interested in using our facilities for one or more of three functions:
- Enterprise data center – the company is considering moving their primary data center facility into an outsource data center
- Disaster recovery center – the company is building a secondary or tertiary data center to provide additional compute and/or to protect against a failure in the primary site
- Network core – the company needs a central hub to support the large wide area network that connects many offices and remote locations
So why do these companies consider data centers that are a day’s drive away, or even farther?
It’s because location alone is not the driving force behind their decision. The criteria these companies use to select the right outsource data center revolve around price and uptime. These criteria include:
- 99.995% uptime
- Data center power redundancy
- Carrier neutral data centers with many carriers and no cross connect fees
- F5 tornado resistant data centers
- Data center pricing models that allow for incremental growth and change
Savvy IT shops have been managing data centers remotely for years, whether the facility is across the street or across the country.
Affordable colocation is widely available in the Midwest. Large companies and small companies alike are looking for carrier neutral data centers with low power costs and flexible approach to inevitable growth and change.