What are the advantages of using a local data centre?
Posted by Caroline Moore on 09/12 at 01:27 PM Large enterprises, SMEs, Data centre services, Data centre,
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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.”

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Caroline Moore on 09/12/2013

Former newspaper journalist, Caroline joined the company in 2008 with no previous knowledge of the industry.

She set about stripping back all the jargon to produce plain English marketing collateral to support the sales teams. Now slightly more well-versed in the dark arts of voice, connectivity and data services, Caroline writes blogs, case studies, data sheets and social media updates to engage with potential and existing customers.

This industry is far cry from her previous working life when she worked as communications manager for Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints.

Contact: caroline.moore@swcomms.co.uk

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