When the term ‘data centre’ is mentioned, people often imagine glassy skyscrapers in London and Manchester but the reality is that there are local alternatives including our purpose-built data centre in Exeter which was designed to serve the business needs of customers in the South West.
But which should you choose?
Many businesses have elected to use data centres in major cities as part their disaster recovery plans in order to separate or to replicate their IT systems as far away from their head offices as possible. But how far is far enough?
swcomms ICT director John Holdstock said: “While a lot of DR plans require a certain radius between a data centre and a business’s primary location, a few miles is perfectly adequate for most insurance companies.”
With the DR radius issue cleared up, are there benefits to having a local data centre?
It depends on the type of solution businesses require. Co-location customers look to benefit the most as they will need to access their own physical machines and data from time to time. Rather than have to make a long trip to London or further afield, co-location customers can simply access a local data centre as often as they need to.
The data centre should then feel like an extension of a business’s IT department safe in the knowledge that resilience, security and environmental conditions are of the utmost priority while its staff are a familiar and trusted remote hands resource that can be relied on.
Colin Woods, our cloud & connectivity sales manager, said: “There’s a lot of comfort to be had from West Country businesses using an Exeter-based data centre, particularly if they are co-locating their own equipment. Our data centre is located right on the M5/A30 intersection, near to Exeter Airport, so it’s nice and easy to access.”