Data centers are the backbone of nearly every business. They're where your company's data is stored and managed, yet how many people pay attention to how their data center is laid out?
If you want to make sure that your business has the best possible infrastructure, it pays to take a look at what kind of data center design will best fit its needs.
What are your current data center challenges?
This is an important question because it will give you a chance to consider your current data center challenges. Are you facing a lack of space, power, or cooling? Do you have too many servers in one location? Are there areas that need improvement in security and accessibility?
Take some time here — the more you can be clear about the problems you are facing today, the easier it will be to get started planning out your solution.
As far as solutions go, there are many ways to solve these problems! You might want to break up your data centers into smaller clusters that are more manageable and efficient.
If this sounds good but doesn't fit with what's currently in place at your company (or if there isn't room), maybe it's time to think outside of the box: maybe moving all equipment into one central location would work better than having several smaller ones spread out across several floors or buildings.
How often do you have to move servers and storage?
Consider how often you move servers and storage. The more often you must relocate equipment, the more disruptive an outage can be. Besides being an inconvenience for users, moving servers and storage can be expensive—especially if your organization has a lot of equipment to shuffle around.
What kinds of users will need access to hosted resources?
You should also consider how many users will need access to the hosted resources. As you know, there are two broad categories of users: remote and local. Remote users include those who are located in different time zones and work on a variety of devices (including mobile).
Local users typically have a dedicated workstation for accessing hosted resources but also may use other types of devices as well. Besides these two groups, you need to determine whether it's necessary to have multiple accounts for each user or if a single account will suffice. This is important because different access requests must be handled according to specific policies that you establish.
In order to ensure that all types of users can easily access the data center services provided by your organization, make sure that their requests go through an approval process before being granted any privileges or permissions within your company's virtual environment or cloud environment
Will your data center be expandable to support future needs?
Once you’ve decided on a space for your new data center, it’s time to consider whether the size of that space will be expandable. This is important because as your company grows and expands its IT needs, so too may need to grow or change your data center.
It may be wise to think about how a future expansion might take shape so it doesn’t limit what you can do with your current infrastructure. Consider whether there are ways in which you can build out from within in order to accommodate growth without having to spend time and money on rebuilding parts of your existing infrastructure or adding new hardware or software at some point down the line.
Where will you manage network and power infrastructure so that they can be monitored, maintained, and repaired?
In order to ensure that your data center is running smoothly, you will need to consider the location of your data center and how you will manage the network and power infrastructure. Besides these items, it is also important to monitor and maintain the data center, as well as repair it when necessary.
One of the first things to consider when building a data center is the location. You will need to decide whether you want it onsite or offsite, and if so, where in relation to your business.
If you choose an onsite location, then you will have more control over security issues and maintenance. However, this may also be more expensive since it will require more resources from you.
Consider a virtual data center
It's important to consider a virtual data center as an option for your organization. Virtual data centers can be a cost-effective solution for small businesses, but also large enterprises looking for a way to scale up or down their IT infrastructure in response to fluctuating needs.
Virtual data centers are similar to conventional data centers, but they’re designed to be more flexible and less costly. They don’t require the same amount of physical space as traditional data centers, so you can save money on leasing or purchasing land and building materials. And because virtual data centers rely on software technology instead of hardware, they also require less maintenance than their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
Virtual data centers are an attractive option for many businesses because they’re efficient, flexible, and secure. They can also scale up or down your IT infrastructure in response to fluctuating needs. If you’re looking for a cost-effective solution that requires less physical space than conventional data centers, then you should build a virtual data center.
How Anteris Can Help
When you’re planning your next data center, consider a virtual data center. It offers many benefits for organizations of all sizes: flexibility, cost savings and security. Plus, since it’s an entirely managed service—with no onsite hardware or software to install—you can focus on running your business while we handle all the details.
Before Anteris, your only options were to fund your own on-premise servers or move to an expensive and inflexible public cloud infrastructure.
We have the solution. Anteris Cloud offers you the flexibility to customize your cloud to your organization while providing enterprise-level zero-trust security in our data centers. Our transparent pricing structure lets you see exactly what you’re paying for and easily scale to adapt to changing business needs. Through edge computing, your resources are easily—and speedily—accessible no matter where you like to work.
Choose Anteris Cloud for enhanced security, reliability, and flexibility.