How to Select the Best Data Center for Disaster Recovery

Before a crisis erupts, it’s a good idea to evaluate your current and prospective data center locations. Selecting the right data center for disaster recovery can mitigate the risk associated with unexpected downtime.

Best practices for considering a primary or secondary data center location typically involve assessing the:

  • Level of power and communications redundancy
  • Distance from critical operations, such as your primary data center or corporate offices
  • Technology requirements
  • Availability of technical expertise
  • Location and separation of power grids
  • Connectivity options and network speed
  • Ability to remotely manage the operation
  • Public infrastructure surrounding the facility, including transportation
  • Local regulatory environment
  • Cost considerations associated with the facility and location
  • Natural disaster risk

One way to lower many of the risk factors is to leverage a data center that’s less prone to failures. A more robust environment will be designed with redundant capacity components, dual-powered equipment and multiple uplinks. To provide significant protection, a data center colocation provider should guarantee at least 99.9% availability.

The final selection of a data center for disaster recovery will depend on your cost-benefit analysis. You want to ensure your company is getting the highest levels of reliability without over-paying for features you may not need.

The first step involves considering the type of systems you will be housing in a data center facility. Are they mission critical servers and computer systems? How much downtime can your company accept before your operation is negatively impacted? Once you make these determinations, you can decide the required disaster recovery capabilities.

FairPoint Communications’ data centers provide strictly controlled environments with essential power, cooling, connectivity and physical security features. Organizations select FairPoint for a number of reasons, including the company’s superior network and access to high-speed services, local support, its broad portfolio of services, proven expertise and competitive pricing. For more information on data center colocation services, visit

Chris is the former Vice President of Product Management at FairPoint Communications, a leading provider of advanced communications technology in northern New England and 14 other states across the U.S.