Many organizations use data center colocation providers to complement or even replace traditional on -premises data centers. When choosing a provider, the IT team typically looks for sound infrastructure, strong physical security, ample bandwidth and other technical fundamentals. But they may overlook a factor that my guest believes is just as important: compliance.
Colocation providers who are certified compliant with a broad set of standards and regulations offer customers peace of mind that their equipment and data receive the highest quality of support and protection. But not all co-location providers are alike when it comes to compliance. Keeping up with changing regulations and audits is time-consuming and expensive, so some vendors support more standards than others. Support may even very between locations operated by the same vendor.
In this podcast, host Paul Gillin interviews Jim Henry, Global Compliance Analyst for Iron Mountain Data Centers about the standards that matter most when choosing a colocation provider and the questions customers should ask of prospective vendors.