Any company in the midst of a data center site selection process commonly finds itself with a number of factors to consider. The site selection process is key for most companies, not only because the selected site/provider will be hosting mission-critical business services, but also because the chosen site will likely house those critical systems and platforms for the foreseeable future. Since site selection activities are often performed only once or twice, it’s important that all relevant factors be evaluated.
Geographical factors are often overlooked in site selection activities, or at best are incompletely examined. And most data center providers, quite frankly, don’t do much to help in that process. Many data centers produce information about hardware reliability or facility security, but often geography as a measure of a facility’s ability to competently serve its clients is neglected.
To that end, FORTRUST has prepared this paper to discuss the various risk factors that may impact data center operations by geography. The included research is an extension of FORTRUST’s diligence and research in establishing its own data center operations. This paper highlights the geographic advantages inherent in establishing data center operations in Colorado, addressing major events and probabilities of natural disasters such as seismic events, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes and particular issues specific to Colorado. Further, this paper illustrates the FORTRUST response to those issues and the risk mitigation measures that are employed.