Data Center Options for Location Strategy

Three Data Center Choices for Location Strategy

Three Data Center Choices for Location Strategy, here are the options:

1. Stand-alone data center.

Such centers are built as single or multistory single-purpose assets. Some are found in multitenant and multistory buildings, but they are not preferred. Some stand-alone data centers can also be 100% new or augment existing centers (warehouse, manufacturing, etc.). Most users start out by trying to save time or money by improving an antiquated asset or partially improved asset with some of the improvements in place for a data center.

2. Shared infrastructure, multitenant asset.

This center is a single purpose and often multistory asset with inside plant improvements that often include emergency power service generator only, uninterruptible power supply, battery, and rectifiers for clean, computer-grade power, air-cooled, DX, dry coolers, security, monitoring, and maintenance. Tenants take largely unimproved space by service provider, inclusive of maintenance, et cetera, all at a premium and expense. Users can buy 100 KVA of uninterruptible power supply and 200 kilowatts of generators. Tenants can buy 40 tons of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. They also can buy “hot hands,” or modified services, for fixed or “cross-connect fees” in a protracted menu. Services are `a la carte.
Users need to make sure services will be in place during the full term of the lease or licensing agreement to ensure that the asset does not run out of infrastructure capacity. This is a buyer-beware program. The devil is in the details of the service-level agreements (SLAs). No one should expect compensation for lost revenue or brand damage due to outage. Compensation comes in the form of future free rent or minimal setoffs. In fact, SLAs are really little more than facility descriptions; more often than not, the sales staff does not know the difference between the two.

3. Collocation-caged environments.

These centers often are multitenant or telecom assets in which there is shared improvements of generators, uninterrupted power supply, air conditioning, and often cabinets and IT equipment. The services are sold by the cabinet, power circuits, cross-connects, IT circuits, and pretty much everything you look at you pay for. The “hot hands” for all IT work is priced by task or duration of tasks per month (e.g., five hours per month). Like the shared infrastructure model, this is also a buyer-beware program.


Datacenter is one time planning for any organization and it is not only hard and difficult to change datacenter but also expensive. So due care should be taken while selecting option for you. Key factors remains same, Perfect match at right budget”

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