When it’s time to take your server online, you’ll want to make sure that your potential server co-location facility is a good match for your needs. Co-location means you’ll be given part of a rack in a data center to host your server, but you should make sure the host is a good fit for you. The data center’s location, its connectivity and its commitment to uptime are all important factors that should influence your decision of where to host your server.
When it’s time to move your server to a co-location data center, you’ll need to keep network connectivity in mind. Your server’s hosting office location should be close to where your website’s visitors will come from for the best connectivity. A location in the middle of the country will make sense for most U.S. businesses, while a server on the West Coast will foster better connectivity to Asia.
Your server co-location building should have ample emergency measures in place. A data center might have diverse power sources (wind and solar in addition to the traditional power grid) to make sure it has some form of backup power should it lose power during a power grid accident or disruption. Hosts should have an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) as accidents like fires can sometimes break out in your host’s data center. You should also make sure that your co-location facility has a good HVAC system to give your server proper cooling.
Every host should have a webpage where they list their servers’ uptime for the year. If something should go wrong with your server, you want to make sure your contract guarantees that it will be fixed in a timely manner. Remote hands is a concept whereby the data center will perform necessary maintenance as the need arises (from rebooting your server to replacing hardware), so make sure you have a host who will act on your behalf if something should go wrong.
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