How important is a UK-based data centre?

At Cloud Geeni, we talk a lot about how our data centres are situated in the UK. But why is this important? Let’s take a look.

Data Security & Compliance

As businesses become more aware of their obligations under the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it’s vital that information is stored in data centres that meet established security levels. And which have stringent processes for dealing with information.

Because if there is a data breach, you can’t claim ignorance as an excuse.

One of the best ways UK companies can ensure compliance with the data protection legislation that is relevant to them is to secure their data in centres governed by the same rules as they are. So, storing data in a UK based data centre makes sense.

However, don’t take compliance for granted. We would always advise that you make data security and compliance a critical part of any SLA you enter into. And, if you want to do everything you can to make sure your data is safe, you should also ask for things such as:

  • Fire detection and suppression systems
  • Iris recognition entry systems
  • Enterprise-level firewalls
  • Two Factor Authentication (2FA)
  • 24-hour CCTV monitoring.

Some industries also have additional and specific security standards that must be adhered to. So, make sure you ask your cloud provider whether they can help you to meet these standards and prove their own compliance.

Access

From time to time you might want to access a data centre and check everything is as it should be. And, if the data centre is in the UK, you don’t have to make a trip overseas to do so.

Performance

Historically, when data was sent and received over long distances, this had a negative impact on performance. So, to reduce this ‘latency’, it made sense for UK organisations to choose a data centre located in the UK.

Of course today, variations in latency have been reduced to a few milliseconds. So, for most organisations, this is no longer a serious consideration. That being said, some businesses – particularly those in fast-moving sectors – still rely on getting their data as quickly as possible. And in such instances location is still an important consideration.

The weather

You might not think the UK weather has much to offer, but we enjoy a far more stable climate than many other locations. And the weather can play a huge role when deciding where to build a data centre.

However, even in the UK, extreme weather conditions are on the rise. With cold snaps, floods and forest fires causing problems for people and businesses. So, with climate change set to lead to more and more severe weather patterns, the last thing you want is for your data centre to suffer failure due to a flood or other natural disaster.

That’s why, at Cloud Geeni, not only do your files sit on a dedicated machine in a UK data centre, but your data is also replicated in near real-time over at another data centre – at a separate location – in case of any unexpected events.

UK data centres you can trust

At Cloud Geeni our reputable data centres have ISO27001 accreditation. An industry benchmark that every provider should adhere to, ISO27001 ensures compliance with an internationally recognised best practice framework and ensures you are working with a trustworthy provider, committed to safeguarding your data.

For more information on how we can help your business, contact us today for an informal chat.

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