Data Center Site Selection Factors

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It takes a very knowledgeable team to fully evaluate the suitability of a location to build a new data center. Many factors come into play, such as the cost and availability of sufficient and diverse sources of power (as well as water), to meet immediate and future growth requirements.

In addition, ensuring direct access to multiple fiber network carriers is also crucial. Moreover identifying risk factors, both the obvious ones, such as known seismic or flood zones, or the less obvious ones, such as adjacencies to “invisible” but potential hazards, such as airports and their related flight paths, must be an essential part of the final decision.

These are just some of the issues executives need to understand when making the Data Center Build vs Buy decision. You can download the complete Data Center Knowledge – Data Center Build vs Buy report, which includes all the articles in the series plus additional sidebars and analysis, compliments of Digital Realty Trust.

Julius Neudorfer is the CTO and founder of North American Access Technologies, Inc. and writes for Data Center Knowledge on issues and strategies relevant to seniors business executives.

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