Cloud computing services have reshaped the landscape for how companies conduct their business operations. Certain data center infrastructures are no longer needed on-site for many businesses, as they can send and receive necessary data from off-site locations through the cloud. But like any project that isn’t right in front of you, there’s room for concern on what to do if something goes wrong; and with big data on the rise, large organizations have begun to lead the way for taking the necessary steps to minimizing risk.
Learn From the Big Players
Want to hear a baffling statistic? According to a 2013 report from Science Daily, 90 percent of all data in the world was created over the previous two years. Talk about an information explosion- information is being downloaded and uploaded in the digital space at an astonishing rate. The world of information is changing; and companies are working to keep up.
Some of the largest companies in the world need large and robust data centers in order to keep up with the flow of information. Questions obviously arrive from this idea- How much network infrastructure does my business need? How many data centers are necessary? Where should they be stationed? An average person may think that a company such as Google or Facebook would want central data center hubs in places like Los Angeles or New York- think again. Many large corporations are utilizing remote data centers from uncommon locations, to help minimize the chance or natural disasters crippling their business:
Google– Nationally, Google has data centers in places like Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon, and South Carolina. Globally, Google has data centers in locations like Chile, Finland, Ireland, and Singapore.
Facebook- Nationally, Facebook has data centers in Oregon, and North Carolina. Facebook also leases nine data centers throughout California, and now has an international presence with a data center in Sweden.
Twitter- Twitter has one of the world’s largest data centers in Atlanta, measuring around 990,000 square feet. Twitter also has locations in San Francisco, Massachusetts, and Salt Lake City.
Amazon- Amazon has large data center hubs in Virginia, California, and Oregon. They also have international locations in Brazil, Ireland, Singapore, Sydney, and several more.
What to Take Away
So now you’re familiar with some of the data center locations of some of the biggest companies in the world…
SO WHAT’S THE POINT? The point here is that if you and your business have, or are beginning to transition into off site data centers that provide cloud computing services, there are factors (other than cost) that you need to consider.
Climate& Location- Look at what all of these big players have in common. If we focus only on their US presence, companies like locations in which climate is favorable, and hazards are minimal. Not many of these data center locations are in incredibly warm regions. Sure California is nice and it can get hot, but companies that utilize regions like Oregon or Massachusetts can make sense because they’re places that are naturally cooler, thus reducing the cost and risk of climate control for all of the data servers companies will need.
Natural Disasters- Not to state the obvious, but take note from these larger companies, and avoid regions that can be impacted by large weather disasters. Avoiding Tornado Alley in the Central US, or places like Florida where hurricanes and flooding can run rampant may seem like no-brainers, but they help remind business owners what to consider when choosing on offsite data center.
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