7 Reasons Why Ohio for Data Center Colocation

Why Ohio data center colocation? The biggest reason global organizations choose Ohio for data center colocation is for disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC).

Because of the seven reasons articulated here – its central location, low latency to the East Coast, low energy prices, low cost of doing business, Class A office amenities, proximity to the largest U.S. Air Force base, and tech talent – Ohio is an attractive destination for a DR/BC data center. (Proof point: IO’s Ohio data center in Springboro, outside of Dayton, is growing fast – 68 percent growth in revenue from 2013 to 2014.)

7 reasons why Ohio data center colocation:

1. Centrally located between major Midwest markets

Ohio in general and Springboro more specifically is centrally located to major Midwest markets, including Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Louisville, Chicago, and Minneapolis. For some of those markets, such as Cincinnati, Springboro is close enough to be a primary data center location. For others, it’s just far enough away to serve as a disaster recovery and/or business continuity location but still close enough for IT personnel to access easily.

2. Low latency to the East Coast

Latency between IO’s data centers in Edison, New Jersey and Springboro, Ohio, is less than 25 milliseconds. That makes Ohio a viable DR/BC and/or regular backup location for companies with primary data center operations in New Jersey.

3. Relatively low energy prices

Energy costs in Ohio are in line with its Midwestern neighbors. But compared to its neighbors to the east, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the cost of electricity in Ohio is much lower. As of March 2014, the average industrial electricity rate was 6.67 cents per kWh in Ohio, 23 percent lower than in Pennsylvania, and 96 percent lower than in New Jersey.

4. Low cost of doing business

Taking the national average cost of doing business as 100 percent, the cost in Cincinnati is 93.6 percent and the cost in Columbus is 88.2 percent.

5. Class A office amenities

Real estate is much easier to come by in Ohio than in, say, New York. Organizations sometimes want to have IT personnel onsite at the data center, and that’s easy to do at IO’s Springboro data center, where there is fully functional Class A office space. LexisNexis, for example, has some 40 employees onsite there. Hear from Allan Huber, Senior Director of Technology at LexisNexis.

6. Proximity to the largest U.S. Air Force base

Springboro is less than 30 miles from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the largest in the U.S. The base is the largest single-site employer in Ohio and “performs scores of high-tech research and development.”

7. It’s a top spot for tech talent

Ohio is home to multinational giants Kroger, Cardinal Health, and P&G. In addition, Dayton (16 miles from Springboro) is growing as a technology hub. The city was recently named one of the top 30 metro areas in the U.S. for tech jobs.

There is no one right answer to the question “Where should I locate my data center?” Most companies adopt a regional colocation strategy, colocating in data centers within reasonable geographic proximity to where they do business. For organizations in the Midwest and on the East Coast, the seven reasons I’ve listed here show why Springboro, Ohio is an ideal place for data center colocation, especially for disaster recovery and business continuity.

Additional resources

IO serves companies around the world, with colocation data centers in the U.S. (Arizona, Ohio, and New Jersey), plus a Singapore data center in Asia, and a London data center in Europe coming online this year. Tying it all together is DCIM software that enables clients to monitor and manage their data center environments from any device, anywhere in the world. Learn more about Ohio data center colocation.

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