Deciding which data center to give your business to is more difficult than choosing the closest one geographically. Each and every data center location is different for equally as many reasons and we have 22 data center locations to choose from. Colocation America is here to help guide you in the process of choosing the best data center to suit all your business or personal needs.
707 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90017
624 S Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90017
600 W 7th St Los Angeles, CA 90017
650 S Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90017
530 W 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90014
200 Paul Ave San Francisco, CA 94124
350 E Cermak Rd Chicago, IL 60616
600 S Federal St Chicago, IL 60605
800 E Business Center Dr Mt Prospect, IL 60056
1808 Swift Dr Oak Brook, IL 60523
2200 Busse Rd Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
36 NE 2nd St Miami, FL 33132
108 Bank St Waterbury, CT 06702
1000 Adams Ave Audubon, PA 19403
9999 Hamilton Blvd Breinigsville, PA 18031
3949 Schelden Cir Bethlehem, PA 18017
100 Delawanna Ave Clifton, NJ 07014
300 J F Kennedy Blvd E Weehawken, NJ 07086
While it outwardly makes sense to choose the closest data center location to you or your business geographically, location, while important, should not be your only consideration. These days everything that compromises the data center (in other words, the infrastructure) is becoming increasingly more important than the location itself.
For example, if you live 500 miles from Los Angeles, there might be a data center that’s half as close, but, then, one would have to consider if that data center would have the same amenities as the one in Los Angeles.
To make sure you are making the correct decision, we’ve come up with a checklist to help in your selection process:
The Checklist from the PDF (amended for our purposes)
Physical location, in a literally sense, can mean what goes on with Mother Earth in a particular location. We’ll touch a little more on that in ‘Diaster Recovery’ below.
But physical location can also have other, more nuanced definitions, like how close and how reliable are the power grids in that area? One should always make sure that there are no power constraints which would not allow for a data center to operate at its maximum.
One should also consider how accessible by any means of transportation the location of the data center will be located. This includes, access roads, airports, traffic congestions, etc. All of these can come in to consideration in the rare (but still must-be-planned-for) occurrences where one would have to visit the data center in person in an emergency situation.
One should always be on the lookout for what kind of power environment a data center operates under. Redundancy is key and at the very latest N+1 redundancy should be listed.
For more information on redundant power, please visit our Data Center Redundancy page.
A critical aspect of any computer system—from the most basic PC, to the most advanced super-computer—is how that system cools itself. This doesn’t change when it comes to server farm locations such as data centers, which can house hundreds if not thousands of servers and computer systems at a time.
For more information on what to look for in data center cooling, please read our basic guide to data center cooling.
Whether it’s a minor problem or a catastrophe, you need the peace of mind that comes by knowing your server is taken care of. Long hold-times on the phone, or delayed response via chat-support can be more frustrating than the problem itself.
For more information on how Colocation America’s data centers offer support, please see our support page.
Perhaps the most important item on the checklist, server uptime is crucial in determining which data center location to choose. Mere seconds of server downtime can mean monetary losses of any amount—which for some businesses can be difficult to overcome.
Please familiarize yourself with the Uptime Institute’s Data Center Tier Standards before choosing a DC location. The higher the tier score, the more reliable the data center.
Rest assured, Colocation America’s data centers have have achieved 100% uptime for the sixth year running.
Contracts, Certifications, and SLAs:
The privacy of your data should be something every data center strives to achieve. Under no circumstances should that be compromised.
For more information about certifications, please visit our certifications page.
Colocation America does not shy away from service level agreements (SLA), which can be found on our legal page.
In conjunction with the physical location of the data center of your choosing, how that data center deals with disaster recovery is something that should be thoroughly researched.
For more information, please read our Disaster Recovery Whitepaper.
It should go without saying, but the location of your choice should offer 24/7 security. This should include, but by no means is limited to, an in-house dedicated security staff, advanced camera system, and security certifications.
For more insight into security, please read our data center security page.
Information and research are your biggest ally in determining the best data center location for your means. Along with the checklist provided here, use your best judgement and you will have a long-lasting data center relationship for many years—headache free.