US ranked least riskiest place for data centers
Thursday, May 23rd 2013

Thanks in part to sustained achievements in data center monitoring and risk management, the United States ranked as the least riskiest place to open a data center. According to a report released by commercial real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield, the U.S. had the top scores in risk measurement in the contexts of various physical, economic and social issues out of 30 countries surveyed. The U.K., Sweden and Germany followed the United States on the list, while Indonesia, India and Brazil were ranked the riskiest places for hosting data center locations.

The study highlighted the delicate nature of data center management, since these facilities are so integral to an organization and subject to so many external variables. However, strides in system monitoring solutions have made U.S. data centers the security front runners, wrote Computerworld. Growth in big data storage and cloud computing in the United States have prompted the need for evolved solutions, according to the study.

"This is prompting strong demand for colocation data centers, as public and private cloud-based storage and backup providers emerge as viable solutions for outsourcing although organizations continue to struggle with security and access issues," the study stated.

Issues that companies usually take into account when opening a data center formed the basis for the study's findings, Computerworld reported. The study's risk index evaluated data center vulnerability based on various factors, including weighted ranking of energy, energy security, sustainability, water resources and natural disasters.

How to open a risk-free data center
Developments in IT monitoring and the inherent risks of storage have enabled solutions providers to improve preventative and diagnostic tactics. As organizations open more data centers, they need to be wary of the pitfalls associated with sprawl, according to Data Center Knowledge. Wasted IT personnel time, added maintenance costs and potential losses from stoppages are among the hidden costs of data centers.

"Companies are not only creating massive volumes of data, they are also under pressure to meet increasingly stringent and complex requirements for protecting and managing that data," wrote Data Center Knowledge contributor Florin Dejeu.

Environment management and disaster prevention can prove costly unless companies work with data center monitoring innovators like ITWatchDogs to implement systems that provide energy efficiency and effective risk reduction. By partnering with business continuity professionals, organizations can ensure that they'll be entrusting their important data to the most dependable solutions providers. As enterprise data needs grow, data centers should be a source of reliable functionality, not risk.