One of the long-standing data center location considerations is data redundancy and availability. Whether it's performing edge processing only or large-scale cloud computing, there's always a risk that a natural disaster, cyber attack or unexpected equipment failure could lead to services not being available for customers. Being able to route traffic to a "hot site" or using redundancy to minimize disruption is critical, so your data center location considerations should include the use of colocation and managed service providers to ensure business continuity in case of a disaster.
The density of a market might also be one of your key data center location requirements. If there are more people in each region, there's likely a higher potential for more technology services—this allows for more cost-effective scaling of your data center because you can justify the initial setup and expansion.
Connectivity is the most critical of all data center location considerations because you must be able to reliably connect with users who are consuming applications and services, whether it's for large-scale computing or IoT edge applications. Just as redundancy is critical for your data center, so is your connectivity. You need access to enough bandwidth to meet performance, latency and capacity requirements. Be sure to assess the available telecommunications infrastructure, its reputation for reliability, as well as the plans for keeping up with growth in the region.
Most of all, today's data center location requirements should consider employing a multi-access edge computing (MEC) approach to bring applications, data, services, and content closer to where the user needs it. Rather than establishing a single data center that's distant from many locations it supports, MEC allows for data processing and application delivery at the edge which can help dramatically reduce latency while leveraging 5G connectivity that's rapidly being deployed in major centers worldwide.
Remember, your data center location considerations are ultimately about delivering tangible business benefits. Embracing MEC with 5G connectivity can help lower latency and provide localized data access to expand capabilities for your business and services to your customers.
The author of this content is a paid contributor for Verizon.