Should you be looking to contract the services of an Atlanta colocation provider or get a sense of the viability of setting up your own data center in the “404”, you’ll want to get the lay of the land.

Providing enterprise-class colocation services is about more than racking and stacking servers and having reliable bandwidth and power.

The best colocation providers have contingency plans for natural disasters and are prepared to keep operational even in the case of outages, which can be traced back to human error.

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Here are three of Atlanta’s leading colocation providers who are best prepared to keep the lights on, even when most everyone else’s lights are off.

1. CenturyLink Technology Solutions

It’s always a good sign of a company’s business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) expertise when it has a thriving business practice in consulting with other companies on protecting their assets. CenturyLink has helped companies like Hallmark Digital and Kronos to mitigate risks such as power outages.

CenturyLink’s 86,000-square-foot data center facility in Atlanta is one of the largest and most innovative in the region. It’s prepared for unexpected power- or telecommunications- outages with multiple bandwidth providers, gas-powered generators, and top-tier cooling and temperature control throughout the facility. Not to mention state-of-the-art fire detection and suppression safeguards.

CenturyLink knows something about business continuity with over fifty-five data centers in place or under construction worldwide.

2. SunGard Availability Services

Some of the providers in this blog discuss data centers that have business continuity practices. SunGard has been a leader in BC/DR for many years, and it runs multiple data centers in Atlanta, Alpharetta, and Smyrna.

These facilities ensure that their regional customers have colocation, managed, and cloud services when they need them as a Plan B or to contract with one of these services as their Plan A application infrastructure provider.

The Atlanta data center is the smallest of their Georgia data centers; however, it has multiple backbones, telco providers, environmental protection measures, and diesel backup generators. There are lots of physical and electronic security layers, too.

3. Equinix

With three Atlanta data centers, colocation services, and mature business continuity services or companies, including financial trading floors, Equinix has all the bases covered for BC/DR. Not only does it offer redundant technology safeguards to keep systems online and provide fail-over services, it also provides office space and colocation business suites.

Equinix has over 100 data centers worldwide for colocation, managed services, and cloud offerings. It has over 58,000 square feet of Atlanta data center space, providing services to about 90 local businesses, including financial and technology companies, content providers, and telecommunications providers.

If you are investigating the Atlanta area, seeking services to support your business in the area, or are located as far away as Washington D.C., Orlando, or New York, the Atlanta colocation market is thriving.

Many service providers are ready to offer their expertise on redundant power, connectivity, and fire and security safety equipment and practices necessary for business continuity.

Do you feel the Atlanta colocation marketplace has the potential to support additional providers? Tell us why or why not in the comments section below!

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