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Choosing the Right Data Center for Disaster Recovery Planning

How to select the best data center for your business using nine key factors

Winter 2011
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Consider features like well-lit, ample parking and easy access to public transit options. Proximity to hotels, restaurants, retail centers, and recreational activities should also be evaluated.

Amenities within the data center are equally important. A full-featured break room or vending area can keep your staff comfortable, efficient, and as productive as possible. Showers are even available in some premium data centers.

A facility with a variety of amenities will ensure that staff needs are met and business operations continue remotely and independently of your company's home office location.

Final Evaluation
These nine factors can serve as a foundation for evaluating a data center that will best meet IT needs and provide a solid disaster recovery component. The weight of these elements will vary based on each company's unique business and IT infrastructure. Careful research, including input from key stakeholders in your organization, can help you determine your priorities. In the final stage of your data center selection, conduct onsite tours of the facilities that make your short-list with these priorities in mind.

With full consideration of these criteria, a management team can feel confident that the data center component of their disaster recovery plan can withstand any event that could threaten the business.

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