To deliver the data center as a service at scale, IO meticulously selects data center campuses that are strategically located outside FEMA flood zones, even in coastal regions with hurricane exposure. As an example, our IO.New Jersey campus withstood Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and even pitched in when the local utility asked it to switch to generators to help ease demand.1
That’s why the images of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are so alarming. What were once freeways, highways, and roadways are now dislocated waterways passable only by boat—a shocking sight for the nation’s fourth largest city.
There are some 40 data centers in Houston, according to DataCenterMap.com. At last report, facilities operated by the four largest providers were still operating, though the surrounding roads were flooded, cutting off access to customers. Even if these data centers escape the rampant flooding, closed roads could complicate fuel deliveries if a prolonged power outage prompts the use of backup generators.1
That’s why location is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a data center facility.
What’s the Best Site for Your Data Center?
So when it comes to choosing a data center provider, location is everything. But how do you decide which location is best?
While selecting location used to be more a matter of convenience—sites were often chosen based on proximity to the business—today other considerations, such as geographical stability and power availability, must also be considered.
According to Gartner: “Establishing a wide range of acceptable locations for colocation facilities enables geographically linked opportunities, such as the ability to distance the data center from potential natural disasters.” In other words, selecting a site on California’s San Andreas fault, along Hurricane Alley, or within Tornado Alley might not be the best choice, even if your company headquarters is located nearby.
The right colocation site should also have access to the power grid, to efficiently power both your equipment within the data center and the data center itself.
Read more in the Gartner report “Best Practices for Selecting a Colocation Provider.”
Location Matters: Strategic IO Data Center Colocation
IO doesn’t just provide colocation in proven sites, it goes beyond to give you the ultimate flexibility to right size to your business demands. IO operates five data centers across two continents, , and has 318 MW and 2,000,000 square feet under operation, allowing us to deliver data center as a service (DcaaS) at scale. IO’s data center managers have also been recognized as data center operators of the year two year in a row by AFCOM, ensuring that your data center runs as efficiently as our data centers.
- IO.Phoenix and IO.Scottsdale – The Greater Phoenix area, including Scottsdale, is one of the top ten multi-tenant data center markets in the U.S.2 and offers a low cost of power per kWh compared to other states. Easily accessible from Sky Harbor International Airport and close to Downtown Phoenix, both locations provide natural disaster risk reduction for West Coast customers and are outside the FEMA 500 Year Flood Zone. The area’s robust and scalable power infrastructure and concentration of top-tier telecommunication providers enables a communications infrastructure that’s among the fastest in the U.S.
- IO.New Jersey – Located in Edison, IO.New Jersey boasts the same fiber optic infrastructure and network of top-tier communications providers as New York City, offers a large community of trusted partners and customers, and is located outside of the FEMA 500 Year Flood Zone.
- IO.Ohio – Easily accessible from Dayton International Airport and close to Dayton and Cincinnati, IO.Ohio is centrally located between major Midwest markets, is outside the FEMA 500 Year Flood Zone, and offers low latency to the East Coast.
- IO.Singapore – Rich in resilient power and strategically positioned near Hong Kong, Tokyo, and China, IO.Singapore offers world-leading connectivity and a large community of interest opportunities.
As Stephen Comstock, Senior Director of IT Operations at CBS Interactive says: “With the reduced risk of natural disasters, availability of economical power, and improved energy utilization, IO Phoenix became an attractive option compared to our previous location.” Read the full CBS Interactive case study.
Click on one of the IO locations above for complete specs or to schedule a tour, and see for yourself the value of a well-considered data center site.
1“Four Providers’ Houston Data Centers Online, but Access Roads Flooded,” DataCenterKnowledge.com, 08/28/2017.
2“Phoenix Multi-Tenant Data Center Market,” 451 Research, 07/2015.