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Old 01-28-2010, 12:06 PM
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The wildly popular Cash for Clunkers program has been followed up by a Cash for Refrigerators incentive. Until the government is giving away cash for old inefficient data center servers, however, it is essential for your SME to have smart budgeting processes in place.

Planning Makes Perfect

Practice makes perfect in most cases. But when it comes to a data center budget, you can replace practice with planning. Whether you are upgrading an existing data center, building a new one, or using a colocation service, budgeting for a data center requires a lot of careful preparation and investigation.

Every detail has to be an exact one. Meticulous calculation of how much power, cooling, space, bandwidth, security, and so on are needed, is going to be a fundamental best practice.

This starts with a look at data center space. Based on how much space you have, you can lay out how many machines are going in. And with that amount of gear figured out, you gain a basic idea of how much power and cooling will be required.

“Power is tied to cooling capacity,” says Sabine Waterkamp, president of ACSLA . “If you put 20-amp connections on a rack at 220 volts, it is a simple matter to calculate the amount of heat. What goes in as electricity goes out as heat, and you need to dissipate the heat via cooling systems.”

In a colocation facility, budgeting is a piece of cake. Everything is ready to be used, and the price varies on the amount of cooling, power, bandwidth, etc. that will be consumed by your specific configuration. In most cases, if the data center sits on an Internet backbone, it is more expensive. But not everyone needs that amount of networking potential.
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