Location, Location, Data Center Location
I spent a recent weekend helping a friend load his belongings into a moving van, in preparation for relocating his family from California to Texas. Sometime between lifting my end of a sofa and carrying boxes that apparently contained his collection of concrete blocks, we talked about his search for a new home.
Although there are certain amenities he would like his new house to have, the biggest influence on his choice of residence is the old real estate axiom location, location, location. He has a child in preschool and a good job, so you can guess his priorities: something near a highly rated school, not too far from work and where property values are apt to rise over time.
Location is a critical consideration for Data Centers, too, although for different reasons. A server environment’s location influences everything from physical security to availability to how much it costs to run, potentially raising or lowering operating expenses by hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
Here’s a look at some of the major factors that Cisco considers when selecting a Data Center site.