Companies may opt for placing their sensitive data in the care of a third party, but before doing so, it makes sense to conduct a due diligence exercise. Australia has shown significant growth in companies like IT vendors, data center operators and telecom carriers investing in new facilities.This has been done mainly to cater for data explosion. Associated with this growth there has also been growth in cloud computing services from companies like IBM and Rackspace. Assessing a data center service provider has to be done across various areas like availability of network providers, costs, flexibility and visibility into the data center facility.
Scalability is also important and so is PUE or power usage effectiveness. Tier 3 certification is also something to be looked into and there are three data centers which have official certification of this Tier 3 service level – Metronode in Victoria, Digital Realty in Victoria and Macquarie in Sydney.
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