Transferring to a tier 3 data center offers a great number of advantages. Physical security (access protection, admittance control), as well as professional operations (fire zones, extinguishing systems, air conditioning for optimal room temperature) and not least, availability – tier 3 guarantees minimal availability of 99.82 percent over the course of five years (backup power supply and marine diesel for their own power supply). All in all, the service is unavailable for 1.6 hours per year at most. This means that intern coffee catastrophes, cleaning incidents or power-outage disasters are effectively averted, as are any mishaps with network cables. The result is a high level of data security. Your server’s remote management, however, is not affected. If the machine does need to be turned on or off, the data center staff can take care of it.
Furthermore, professional data centers offer two additional benefits. They are generally connected to a broadband network – a good example of this being in Frankfurt. With one of Europe’s central internet exchange points, the city is very popular as a location for data centers. Modern data centers are also helpful in reducing a company’s carbon footprint. The current standard PUE (power usage effectiveness) is 1.3 (as opposed to 1.7 for older data centers). The data center in Biere, for example, attains this value with power consumption of just 2 kW/m2. Low power consumption is often a benefit of larger data centers with energy costs as one of the biggest cost drivers within a data center. Energy efficiency is therefore not just good for your environmental conscience, it also directly helps save on costs – with respect to older data centers and in your own operations.