Establishing the Data Center

SUMMARY: When looking to disperse any workload, especially cloud geographically, some specific things to consider when selecting a data center.

REDUNDANCY-Redundant data centers are essential, and the preference is to have the redundant data centers provided by the same hosting partner. Redundancy becomes very important in cloud infrastructure, and certainly a core requirement of US Federal ATO's.

SECURITY- The data center should all provide multilevel security features and a rigidly controlled production environment to protect valuable customer assets and operations. The data center should utilize an array of security equipment, techniques, and procedures to control monitor, and record access to the facility, including organization and customer cage areas. The data center and configuration of the infrastructure should be provisioned with segmented VLANs, compute, storage, memory resources, and connectivity options including site to site VPN, and direct Internet access for publicly accessible services or applications.