When you need to build a website, or expand on a current website, there are many things to consider when buying. ¬†Choosing the right hosting provider is the most prevalent, but there are also many other things to keep in mind. ¬†Like choosing the proper data center with the hosting provider, for example.¬†
Data center selection can come down to a couple different factors, so determining the right fit for what you need can be very important. ¬†To help you differentiate data centers, each one is designated a Tier standard. ¬†These tier levels help define the uptime of each data center, which can be important when weighing your decision. ¬†There are four levels of tiers for data centers, with Tier 1 being the most basic and Tier 4 being the best available. ¬†They can be defined as follows:
At SingleHop we now have three different data centers, with our third in Phoenix which opened up in April. ¬†Our CHI-1 data center is a Tier 2 standard, while CHI-2 and PHX-1 both run at Tier 3 qualifications.
Choosing the proper one for you will come down to what all you need. ¬†For smaller businesses or little shops running a website, Tier 2 could work well for you. ¬†With less data than other companies, you would not need the added space and specs of a higher tier center. ¬†For other companies running a lot of data, and who rely heavily on less downtime and the ability to add more servers, Tier 3 would be the way to go. Tier 4 data centers are mainly used for high priority content, that needs added security and big computer systems.