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Timelines and Potential Pitfalls of a Custom Data Center


The advantages of a custom design can look and be attractive, since they may be able to accommodate non-standard IT hardware or provide very high energy efficiency or high cooling density. However there are potential pitfalls for those who have not had a great deal of experience with custom designs. Read More

Comparing Cost of a Custom Data Centers

It should be noted that a custom data center design may cost somewhat more than a standard data center. This aspect should be examined closely, a higher initial Capex alone (whether amortized or factored into a lease) should not be the deciding factor alone. It is possible that over the long run it can actually represent a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) if the custom design results in lower operating costs from improved energy efficiency. Read More

Analyzing Requirements for a Custom Data Center

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Before considering building a custom data center, you need to carefully examine your organizations requirements and compare them to the deliverables offered by the standard “off-the-rack’ designs that comprise the mainstream data center industry. In many cases the request for a custom design data center is driven by the IT department. Read More

Global Strategies: Communications and Network Design Considerations

In order to have a viable global network it is critical to closely examine the various communications providers offering in various locations. The ability to have a fully meshed network that can fail-over traffic in the event of network service outages or localized catastrophic failure is crucial. Carrier diversity via multiple providers in both the local loops, as well major network nodes bear careful scrutiny. Read More

Transitioning To Your Own Data Center

transitioning to your own data center

It is very important for your initial plan to include one or more points earlier in the growth curve that is the trigger for the decision to transitioning away from a co-lo or hosting operation and into your own data center. This will avoid having to over expand in a co-lo or hosting operation while your new data center is being built. Once you have seen the rate of growth in the new territory reach a certain point, the earlier you are prepared to move ahead to build or buy your own data center, the more cost effective it will be. Read More

Creating Data Center Strategies with Global Scale

Before you can begin to analyze or make any decisions as to where you want to locate your organization’s data centers, you need to first step back and understand what your immediate and long terms goals are for your organization’s business and how it is best served by its computing architecture. Read More

Factors that Impact Data Center Energy Efficiency

In this five-part educational series on Data Center Energy Efficiency,we have looked at the factors that impact total energy use and the opportunities for improving energy efficiency in the data center. Here are six additional factors that will impact the efficiency of your data center. Read More

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