IO.Ohio’s Chris Staggs on 3 Things to Look for When Choosing a Data Center

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In the early 20th century, the area of Ohio called Miami River Valley – which now includes the Greater Dayton area – was a thriving center of innovation in America, leading the U.S. in patents per capita. Now 100 years later, Dayton’s startup community is leading a new culture of innovation. One that will depend on computing capacity.

Finding the right Data Center

In a recent article in the magazine Technology First, IO.Ohio’s Chris Staggs explains that because not all data centers are the same, finding the right data center provider can be a significant determinant of a young company’s success or failure.

Staggs spells out three things to keep in mind when shopping for a colocation data center: 1) How well the data center is aligned with your business needs; 2) the ability of the data center to be available and secure 24x7xForever; and 3) the capacity of the data center to meet your future needs.

        1) How well is the data center aligned with your business needs?

Businesses need to extract value from all kinds of data – about target customers, markets, growth opportunities, and more. Extracting that value requires technology.

Yet too often, the focus on the technology – especially, the infrastructure – takes attention away from the core business. A good data center provider will take care of the infrastructure so you can focus on deriving value from the data, and growing your business.

        2) What is the data center provider’s track record on availability and security?

Beyond just extracting value from data, many innovative companies are making data (and the insights it gives them) their competitive advantage. For those businesses especially, reliable access to the data is essential. And that requires a data center provider that is truly a business partner, invested in keeping your data available.

And secure. In terms of physical security, your provider should be able to ensure only the people you grant access to access to your IT infrastructure. Additionally, the servers that house the data should be completely protected from water, fire, or heat damage and should remain unaffected during power outages.

        3) Will the data center be able to meet your future needs?

Startups understand better than many businesses how fast the world is changing. When you don’t know whether you’ll need 2x or 2000x your current capacity next month, you need a data center that is future-proof. That means a data center provider that offers truly scalable capacity – including mixed density capabilities that allow you to scale in place and match density to application requirements.

Why Dayton? Why IO’s Ohio Data Center?

Dayton in the 21st century is a great place to colocate, Staggs says, because of its:

      • Physical location – centrally located between major Midwest markets
      • Low latency to the East Coast
      • Relatively lower cost of energy than eastern locations
      • Low cost of doing business
      • Population of top tech talent

Learn more about Why Dayton Ohio for data center colocation

In Dayton and our five other data centers around the world, IO offers a new approach to colocation; one that includes:

      • Resilient scale power and cooling
      • Carrier density and availability
      • Physical and cyber security
      • Efficient PUE
      • Environmental controls
      • Economies of scale
      • Skilled engineers available 24×7
      • A market-leading DCIM tool that enables real-time data analysis
      • Creativity and innovation that allows us to meet the client challenge and find a data center solution built around mutual gain

100 years ago, the greater Dayton, Ohio area was home to innovators who pioneered the first cash registers, electric wheelchairs, modern parachutes, and even the tabs on a soda cans. The technology has changed, but the spirit hasn’t.

Chris Staggs is an Account Executive at IO’s Ohio data center, which is located just outside of Dayton, in Miamisburg.