Evaluate external data center providers with this 36-point checklist
Building your own data center may be prohibitively expensive, but leasing space could be a viable alternative—assuming you choose the right facility. Before making your decision, take a careful look at what the data center offers. Is it located in an area that's reasonably safe from seismic disturbances, floods, and severe weather? Does it have adequate redundancy designed into its systems? Does the building have controlled access with biometric security? This comprehensive checklist will help you determine whether a provider can offer the levels of availability, reliability, and security your organization needs.