Influence Of Location In A Colocation Facility

Influence Of Location In A Colocation Facility

Due to the increasing popularity of cloud in the business space, many IT managers are facing concerns about location services. When companies are looking for the right colocation provider, a primary factor influencing their decision is the facility’s location. In the digital era, more and more businesses are shifting their servers to data centers outside their organization to cope with network and bandwidth demands. It enables benefits such as flexibility in infrastructure, improved recovery options, improved collaboration structures, accessibility of employees, easy access to public cloud operators, and reduced TCO.

A data center with power and connectivity can be installed anywhere, but the location has an impact on the quality of service it can provide to its customers.

When selecting a technology partner, location is the primary consideration besides price, scalability, flexibility, uptime, and reliability. Good location choices mean an integrated network and application ecosystem that can reach your entire market and can help you better understand your activities and customers than competitors. On the other hand, poor location can cause poor connections and problems with performance.

Companies need to strike a balance between location being an essential component of choice and making it the only concern when searching for a data center provider. They need a colocation provider that focuses on physical security, disaster recovery, data center uptime guarantees, service levels, scalability, and reliability to ongoing support and maintenance. A variety of other considerations, including local data security regulations, tax systems, access to services, availability of sufficient networking technologies, local infrastructure, qualified labor pool accessibility, track record, and current customers or reference customers, should also be kept in mind.

UnitedLayer provides a top Tier-3 data center facility to deploy and manage your existing hardware while maintaining the level of access, control, and security of a data center entirely located at your premises. You can eliminate the hassle and cost of running your own data center with UnitedLayer Colocation solutions while setting yourself up for a cloud future.

UnitedLayer provides Colocation facilities from one of San Francisco’s largest data centers located at 200 Paul Ave. It is the only data center built on solid bedrock in San Francisco. This location serves many engineering, technology, and internet services providers, and is the main data center for the Bay Area and colocation in San Francisco.

UnitedLayer’s 200 Paul data center is San Francisco’s first data center built on bedrock with Zone 4 construction and not in a flood plain for 100 years. UnitedLayer has more than 40,000 square feet of fully redundant data center capacity. For the next 100 years, it is not in the earthquake fault, liquefaction, or landslide zone and is seismically certified for earthquake protection.

The network density at 200 Paul Avenue makes it a perfect interconnecting point for the entire west coast, offering access to leading domestic and Asia Pacific carriers, which makes meeting any diverse business needs that are extremely viable.

Location is not everything when it comes to data center placement. When selecting a colocation data center provider, there are several considerations, including availability, reputation, facilities, support, and cost. Yet, it’s true that location is one of the most important factors. Location is critical not just because of the geographical context, but also because it influences many other factors that are key to the success of any data center.

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Disaster Recovery Solutions for Cloud

Disaster Recovery Solutions for Cloud

The most important asset that businesses own is data. Data is the backbone of every department and is integral to the day to day functioning of organizations. Financials, SCM, HR, and CRM are all integral functions that generate data to optimize the operational capabilities of the organization, improve the planning and allocation of resources. Most organizations store their data on the cloud or data centers on-premises to ensure that it is securely managed by data experts. Moving data to the cloud is an efficient technological solution that improves the data management capabilities of enterprises.  

Traditional cloud disaster recovery backs up data from applications to alternate data centers. According to a study done by the University of Texas, “94% of companies suffering from a catastrophic data loss do not survive – 43% never reopen and 51% close within two years.” Failure in any part of business processes can translate to a significant loss of productivity, revenue, reputation, and in some cases, customers. Cloud Disaster recovery has an edge over traditional disaster recovery as organizations do not need to build a secondary physical site and buy additional hardware and software to support critical operations. Depending on current business demands, cloud computing resources can be easily scaled up or down as required. Disaster recovery in cloud computing can be performed easily by migrating copies of data to the cloud. Backed up data can be stored across multiple geographical locations, which eliminates a single point of failure, essentially a backup copy is present even if one of the data centers fails. 

Disaster Recovery methods can be customized for backups to be active as required. For example, an active-active offering hosts a hot site, which mirrors the processes and systems. The load is synchronously shared between the system and the site, which means that when disasters occur the backup is instantly available. An active-passive setup offers a warm site, which basically ensures that core processes are constantly backed up and available instantly when a disaster occurs but the site may experience some delay. This is a lower-cost option suitable for secondary processes. Applications that are not mission-critical and need not be recovered instantly can be stored in a cold site in an active-replicated setup. This is the most budget-friendly setup which can be used to store data that may not be accessed often but recovery times will take longer. 

It is difficult to predict when failures can occur and how serious its impact will be. However, planning disaster response can help enterprises successfully recover from the potentially disastrous consequences. When disasters occur, DR ensures that the affected data, applications, and other resources are stored in the cloud so that enterprises can resume operations normally without any loss of data or performance. 

Disaster recovery is essential to Business Continuity planning. Business Continuity refers to the technological contingencies put in place to ensure that business operations can resume without delay and difficulty following any incident that could disrupt business. Disaster recovery plays a pivotal role as there could be a disruption in services due to floods, earthquakes, or cyberattacks. Organizations must analyze cases that would pose a  potential risk in order to formulate a mitigation plan.

Changing times have brought about new threats and possibilities of unforeseen breakdowns of the technological infrastructure of enterprises. In the current fast-evolving technological landscape there is a significant increase in security issues such as cyberattacks. There will always be uncertainty as to which events can potentially damage data storage and hamper the activities of enterprises and when these could potentially occur. With new technological solutions supporting data functionalities in enterprises, Disaster Recovery systems are essential to efficiently manage data.

UnitedLayer’s Hybrid Cloud Disaster Recovery solution enables enterprises to be resilient, respond to critical situations faster, and recovers their data from all the sources. Operate on your business-critical data requirements without any interruptions or unscheduled downtimes. Our DR solutions are highly customizable, with solutions for business continuity with sub-one-minute time where customers can build specific Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) according to their business requirements.

UnitedLayer Disaster Recovery

Overall Recovery Goals

UnitedLayer’s state-of-the-art network infrastructure ensures that any issues or errors can be quickly identified and taken care of by the expert support and managed DR services that we offer. Moreover, 24*7*365 support and maintenance are provided to data stored on the UnitedLayer infrastructure, including hardware and software upgrades. On-demand scalability enables you to add additional resources to meet the increased replication needs, this helps in reducing cost and improve business flexibility. UnitedLayer’s DR solutions are highly secure and compliant to all the industry-leading compliance standards like HIPAA and PCI.

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Why location is important when choosing a Data Center?

Why location is important when choosing a Data Center?

Why location is important when choosing a Data Center?

Why location is important when choosing a Data Center?

By: Chad M. Cunningham

Why do businesses opt for a Colocation data center?

Around the world, businesses are adopting digital transformation strategies to create a better customer experience and improved efficiency. In order to cope with the resulting rapid increase of data and bandwidth requirements from various digital technologies, more and more businesses- across all industries- are shifting data centers outside their organization, unlocking benefits such as infrastructure flexibility, better disaster recovery, improved security, ease of access to public cloud operators and an overall total lower cost.

Which Colocation partner should I choose?

With the ever-increasing complexity and capacity challenges, more and more organizations are moving towards colocation solutions rather than investing in an in-house data center- although the biggest challenge for many organizations has become “Which partner do I choose?” and most importantly “Where are their data centers located?”

The location should be the primary factor

When choosing a colocation partner, the location of their data centers is usually the primary factor that will influence your decision. A good choice of location means optimized infrastructure, better connectivity, and improved business continuity. On the flip side, a poor location can result in unstable connections and efficiency problems.

A colocation data center should be in an area that is seismically rated for protection against earthquakes and should be as safe as possible from any man-made disasters. So even if an incident occurs in your organization’s offices your critical infrastructure remains unaffected and operational.

Customers can add additional storage, compute, and networking resources with just a click of a button, and it will be up and running in 15 mins rather than the months typically required for traditional infrastructure design, procurement, installation, and turn-up.

Should location be the only factor while selecting a colocation partner?

The answer, in short, is no. When choosing a colocation data center provider, organizations should consider many other factors, including connectivity, reputation, support, services, and cost. But it is certainly true that location is one of the most important factors among all others, it is because the location has an impact on many of the other factors which are crucial to data center success.

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