Data Movers With Prime Data Centers’ Jeff Barber: Disaster Recovery, Partnership-as-a-Service and Build-to-Suit Options

In the latest insightful episode of Data Movers, Jeff Barber, Partner & EVP, Sales and Business Development of Prime Data Centers, joins hosts Jaymie Scotto Cutaia and Evan Kirstel to talk about earthquakes, the complexity of enterprise workloads, and the digital infrastructure that is driving today’s economy.  

Jeff says when considering build-to-suit options for customers in California, disaster recovery is at the top of the list. 

“Location and proximity are critical. Having a data center 50 miles from your primary data center as your backup is a great strategy unless it’s on the same fault line. You also have to ask, ‘can my employees get to that site?’ It’s the proximity of core data, the stability of the environment, the availability of power and the availability of connectivity. All of those considerations enter into where Prime chooses to invest. The closer, the better, but be far enough away to protect yourself. And if you have a disaster recovery plan, you have to test it. Don’t leave it on the desk collecting dust.”  – Jeff Barber, Partner & EVP, Sales and Business Development of Prime Data Centers.

Jeff also discussed why the tenant, customer, or enterprise needs to truly understand their data. Questions to consider include: Am I latency-sensitive, is my content sensitive, do I have intellectual property risk? Do I want to put this in a multi-tenant environment? Do I want to put this on AWS, Azure or Google Cloud? Can my workloads handle that latency? The questions are incredibly complex, and every enterprise struggles with them, Jeff says. 

Providing solutions to many of those concerns is what led to Prime Data Centers’ theme of Partnership-as-a-Service. There is no one-size-fits-all and, in fact, it’s most likely a combination of all of those examples in the enterprise, adds Jeff. The Prime Data Centers team offers everything from wholesale colocation, joint ventures, powered shell, build-to-suit, and sale lease-back. The team can customize specific solutions within those options based on workloads and the nature of the data, whether it’s rich media, relational databases, or file systems – which all need to be treated differently. 

To learn more about Prime Data Centers and its Partnership-as-a-Service, watch the full interview here or listen to the podcast now.


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