The rapid growth of business data has led to the rapid growth of data centres and with this, many companies have moved toward cloud storage solutions. Yet, despite all the hype around this technology, there are still some who prefer to use on-site solutions. This is especially true for enterprises that hold sensitive or confidential data and need to maintain total control over their data and the processes of handling it.
There are certainly advantages to using data centre solutions but the setup and equipment you use are critical to success. To ensure data centre solutions are optimised to your business needs, take a look at these six factors to consider when designing, implementing or maintaining your own enterprise enabled data centre solutions:
1. Storage and Scalability
Physical data centres offer a finite amount of data storage, which means that you’ll need to think carefully about how much storage space your enterprise needs. Remember – you’re preparing for the future as well as the present, so focus on your increasing data needs as your business evolves too.
Although data centre storage can be expanded, it’s best to assess and plan for this expansion in advance. Additional servers and components will take up more space, so bear this in mind when designing or designating a room or area for on-site data storage facilities.
2. Power Consumption
Most people don’t realise just how much power a data centre consumes. As a result, they can be surprised at the environmental and financial obligations that arise once a data centre is up and running.
In the UK, a data centre’s power consumption is measured in PUE, or ‘power usage effectiveness’. The lower the PUE score, the more efficient the data centre is and the less power it uses. Ideally, you’ll be aiming for a PUE score of 1, as this indicates that all of the energy is being used for IT power.
If you’re planning to install your own data centre setup, be sure to take power consumption and PUE score into account at the design stage. Alternatively, if you’re partnering with an external data centre, discuss their PUE score with them in advance to determine how efficiently the centre is run.
3. Servers and Components
The average data centre contains a variety of equipment and components, including servers, switches, routers, storage solutions and application delivery controllers. Of course, the speed, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a data centre is significantly affected by the components that are used.
Before selecting or designing a data centre, it’s important to determine which components or types of equipment are most suited to your business needs. The reduced physical space and increased efficiency of a blade server may make them preferable to rack servers, for example.
If you don’t have professional experience, it’s well worth seeking expert assistance when selecting which components to use in an enterprise enabled data centre. Your organisation’s connectivity, reliability and efficiency will depend on the equipment and functionality of your data centre, so seeking professional advice in advance can ensure that you have access to the right tech resources in the future.
4. Offline and Online Security
When you mention ‘security’ and ‘data centres’, people automatically think of cyber security. While online security is certainly a major issue, physical security can be just as important. Any physical threat to your data centre puts your company at risk. As well as causing extensive disruption and downtime, the theft of equipment will cause reputation and financial damage too. After all, if anyone gains access to your servers or data storage solutions, they may be able to access or distribute confidential digital information as well.
In addition to this, you’ll need to have a robust cyber security strategy in place to prevent online threats from becoming successful cyberattacks. Managed backups, vulnerability scanning, DDoS mitigation and firewalls are all important methods of cyber security and are routinely used to protect data centres.
5. Reliability and Redundancies
An uninterrupted power supply is absolutely essential for any data centre setup, otherwise, you’ll find that there may be lengthy periods when you’re unable to access your data or applications. Unless you want your operations to grind to a halt, it’s vital to ensure that your data centre solutions are powered by an uninterrupted supply.
On-site generators are an effective ‘redundancy’, or contingency plan when it comes to safeguarding your power supply, but you’ll need to make sure that your generators can provide enough power for an indefinite period.
Similarly, any physical cabling that runs to or from your data centre should be protected too. Running them through different geographical locations can help to limit the risk of a physical disruption to your operations, for example.
6. Best Practices
There are a number of data centre best practices, and these can help to inform your decision-making when designing an on-site data centre or selecting an external data centre as a partner. Typically, data centre standards and best practices cover numerous issues, such as building construction, power distribution, environmental control, telecommunications cabling and infrastructure, security systems and management and operational control.
You’ll want to ensure that any data centre you use meets or exceeds the relevant best practice standards, but they can also be a good place to start if you want to create an on-site data centre too.
Are Enterprise Enabled Data Centre Solutions Right for Your Business?
Every company’s tech needs are unique, which is why a bespoke approach is so important. The nature of your business, your growth plans and your resources will help to create a tech strategy that maximises profitability and increases operational efficiency.
Some enterprises might operate best with physical data storage solutions, for example, while others may find the flexibility of hybrid solutions more suitable.
As IT experts and cloud specialists, we’ve got the knowledge and expertise you need to find the best IT solutions for your business. To find out more now, contact FGD now on +44 (0)330 390 7536 or email us at email@example.com.