In my last blog, I discussed the importance of vendor independence (vendor lock-in). In this blog post, I want to address the need for independence of your datacenter. It seems to be a blunt statement; the only company to trust with your key processes is your company. It’s not that you cannot believe in your suppliers when the supplier is carefully selected for the delivery of services. However, your business should not depend solely on other companies, also not at the data center level. In this blog, I will talk about some general dependency issues, apart from the technical side. .
Besides, advice on how to choose your data center, risks regarding dependencies should be carefully considered. Let’s start with the dependency of the services itself. The more granular services are spread over multiple suppliers (that are not related), the more flexible you are in retaining one supplier and loosening the other one. Think of services like cloud or internet connectivity, maintenance services on your hardware or software management.
The flexibility of the data center itself can also be critical to your business. When your business requires a personal data hall, cage or have special requirements (like, e.g. PCI PIN), the data center should be able to support you in these needs. Based on your business and certification requirements some data centers do not fit your needs.
Another aspect to take care of is the contract. During an economic crisis, it could be a case of your company reducing its capacity or during a joint venture or takeover needs to migrate. A flexible short-term contract and the flexibility to scale up and scale down based upon your business needs can be required based on the type of business you have. Data centers are not yet consumption-based and per day as some cloud providers. However the world is changing and flexible contracts start to come.
Not all data centers are the same. Besides, a building with infrastructure, options like services and customizability can differ a lot. It is necessary to determine based on your business needs if flexibility is needed or a more rigid company is the better fit (e.g. if your company is very stable in IT needs). A wrong choice can hit your business with higher spending.
Datacenter.com is a flexible and neutral data center. Based on your business needs we can determine if Datacenter.com fits to the requirements and needs of your business.
Blog by Jouke Albeda, Security & Compliance Manager