How Do We Choose Our Data Center Locations?

choosing data center locations

If you are wondering why more and more data centers are being planned and built globally, one of the reasons is that the world is becoming increasingly reliant on data centers. Are you curious about ANEXIO’s list of top considerations when it comes to choosing the locations for our data center facilities?

Although the size of the space is obviously a consideration, it is certainly not the only one aspect we look at. There is an array of geographical, economic, and other factors that help us decide on the best data center locations. Here are some of the basic criteria that our team looks for when deciding where to site our data centers.

Physical Location

As a trusted provider of colocation services, Storage-as-a-Service solutions, hybrid cloud services, and more, investing in properties for our data centers has always been an integral part of our business. When we assess a property, the physical location holds significant importance to us as they can potentially ensure profitability and reliable operations over the long term. When considering a certain data center location, we also think about climate-related issues, as well as the potential for natural disasters and other environmental hazards. If the location offers room for expansion, this is certainly a plus point.

Existing Infrastructure

Much of the power of a successful data center usually lies in its ability to provide highly secure and extremely fast network connectivity for its customers. That’s why we never fail to look into the existing infrastructure of the space, and how it can support information flow. For instance, we will look into the available types of fiber access and their proximity. Next, we will determine the potential for latency, the types of providers that are within the area, and if there is a large base of potential employees and customers in the region.

Costs

When it comes to running and maintaining data centers, the costs that come with these tasks are often variable, and are highly dependent on the location. We have to take into account the tax rates of the particular state or county, and whether they have instituted any favorable tax incentives for projects related to setting up data centers. The basic rundown of costs includes raw material costs, labor costs (and its availability), and construction costs.

Power

Procuring power still plays a significant role in the data center site selection process as it is the primary cost associated with operating the aforementioned. Oftentimes, we ask ourselves: what rates will we be paying? Will there be any grids for us to access? How mature is the grid that we will be plugged into? How will we be involved in building our data center if the existing infrastructure provides alternative power?

All in all, how we procure power or electricity for our data center will determine whether we get a good deal for the site we ultimately choose. Hold on, we almost missed out on sustainability! This is also a key factor we consider when managing our environmental impact. We want to make sure that our data centers are energy-efficient data centers, and will certainly tap into renewable energy whenever possible.