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What to Consider When Choosing a Data Center

Data centers have been increasing in popularity since they came onto the scene in the early 1990's. Now there are so many choices out there, business owners may have a hard time selecting a managed data center, which houses and leases the equipment that will be used in processing the business’s data. When selecting a managed data center for your business, there are several things to consider to ensure you find the best fit.

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One way of deciding which managed hosting option is best for a particular business is to examine the data center’s portfolio. Many managed data centers will produce a combination of physical, virtual and cloud servers. Each business may prefer a different combination.

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Another point to consider when choosing a managed data center is that each data center will also offer a variety of managed services and support as part of their package. Some will take care of the management of all services provided and some will allow the business to manage many of these tasks on its own. These levels of service and support are often reflected in the pricing of the packages.

Each managed data center is also going to have a different history of outages and downtime. It is best to choose a hosting service that has a good track record in terms of providing consistent, reliable service.

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Businesses may also want to consider the type of software used by a managed data center as well as how user-friendly their portal is. Some data centers offer portals with graphic illustrations which help users along the way. Others can be quite technically-worded and might be difficult for some users.

These four points are only some of the things that should be taken into consideration when selecting a managing data center. The South Shore Technology Center is a brand new managing data center opening up in Gary that will offer local businesses various options when it comes to housing and managing their data.