Choosing a data center or colocation provider to house your company's critical IT infrastructure is a huge decision. Unfortunately, colocation providers don’t make it easy to differentiate between them. Many data center tours will have the same components: a sales rep will show you their data center's battery rooms, cooling equipment, security measures, and generators, all the while assuring you that they are highly secure, reliable, well maintained, invulnerable to natural disasters, and capable of high density computing.
After a few tours, it may seem as though there isn't much difference between one data center and the next. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It's important to know what to look for so you can make an informed decision. Migrating your IT environment is risky, often expensive, and certainly time consuming – you want to make the right choice the 1st time!