To safeguard data and ensure smooth operations, significant research time goes into choosing a cloud data center location. Microsoft considers more than 35 criteria when selecting sites for cloud data centers, according to Senior Research Program Manager, Sean James for Data Center at Global Foundation Services. Close proximity to dark fiber and consideration of the area’s users factor into the decision.
Top concerns for any company include geographic factors and risk mitigation. Assessing these on a per-location basis is a complex process involving research into potential hazards such as seismic activity, severe storms and other potential natural disasters. The general climate and increasingly, sustainability — the prospects for green energy production — also play a role in a location’s suitability. Cold locations require less cooling. Other key criteria include overall environmental factors, the availability of studies on local risks, absence of endangered species, enough available land for the center’s size and permits.