When considering colocating your data center, first you must understand your technical needs and requirements. Successful colocation requires planning and due diligence.1 This is accomplished via synthesizing current as well as future facility requirements, which also encompass audit requirements, security, redundancy, and server profiles. Gathering this critical data ensures that you are able to contract with a facility that meets your requirements and delivers the services you need to support the growth of your organization.
Determining Your True Cost of Ownership (TCO)
A data center is one of the most expensive pieces of any organization. It is vital to everyday operations from maintaining your Virtual Private Network (VPN) to data storage and backup. Costs typically affect multiple departments from IT / Networking to Facilities and Building Management. Colocating within a data center may offer efficiency in your resiliency process by offering a turn key location for your equipment, redundant of power and environmental systems and lowered costs for power and cooling due to the shared cost of all clients. Building a custom location may also provide the proper location for your equipment and help to support staff productivity and department growth.
“Other significant costs must also be included, such as architectural and engineering fees, interest during the construction phase, land, inert gas fire suppression costs, IT build-out costs for racks, cabling, internal routers and switches, point-of-presence connections, external networking and communications fees, electricity costs, security costs, and operations and maintenance costs for both IT and facilities.” Uptime Institute
Defining the total cost of owning your own data center “on premise” versus maintaining your infrastructure “off premise” is crucial to moving your IT plans forward. Approaching the design of this equation will permit the most logical decision for your organization to buy (lease) or build data center facilities.
Customer has to address and manage many factors that add to the overall timeline of the project’s execution. Included below are some of the logical benchmarks that an organization should address prior to beginning the construction phase of a project.
Design to permit standards
Design to industry standards
Design to environmental standards
Design to audit standards
Construction change orders
PUE and DCIE continuous measurements
Locate fiber providers within proximity of build location
Negotiate fiber builds to site (primary and redundant/diverse pathways)
Negotiate access to high levels of bandwidth for current need as well as growth
Negotiations of additional fiber builds for diversity with additional providers
OPERATIONS & ABILITY TO SCALE
Developing and implementing metrics for success with a data center build can be costly.
Keeping in mind the day to day operations and support the growth of the company. It can be difficult to develop and implement industry audit requirements and standards while also balancing the labor and focus on day to day operations.
Balance imperative IT needs, regular duties and standard definitions
Maintain budget for operational infrastructure as well as construction budgets
Maintain audit standards for operations and construction
Labor + materials = $$$
Create and maintain flexibility to support IT growth or consolidation
Continue the permitting and contracting process for upgrades or decommissioning
Maintain engineering standards for the transformation of business
Define standards for growing or shrinking footprints between facilities and IT staff
The Buy- "Off Premise" Colocation Facility
Choosing to co-locate at a data center facility off-site ensures your equipment and data are in the most reliable, secure type of facility and eliminates the need to build out.
In a single tenant data center, all of the costs of the space, power, and environmental infrastructure are absorbed by the user. A colocation service provider allows its clients to share in the lower fixed costs of facility management, maintenance, security and costs of infrastructure.a center, all of the costs of the space, power, and environmental infrastructure are absorbed by the user.
Existing infrastructure, ready for move-in
Existing Raised Floors
Existing Redundant Power
Existing Fire Protection
Existing Cooling & Environmental Systems
Alleviates construction contracting concerns
Allows time to be allocated to other critical items
Regulatory Compliance to meet your needs
A Carrier Owned facility offers:
One service provider for your inter-connectivity
A Privately Held facility may be carrier neutral
Retain your current contract or
Select your preferred provider from multiple offerings
Multiple Fiber Vendors
Connectivity Diversity = Optimal Traffic Routing & Lower Access Costs
ABILITY TO SCALE • Grow or shrink your footprint pursuant to lease terms • Support the growth of the company • Create and maintain flexibility to support IT growth or consolidation •Contract or cancel Power Provisioning & Connectivity upgrades as business changes • Facilitate Business Continuity Solutions between premises • Define standards for growing or shrinking footprints between facilities & IT staff
IS BUSINESS CONTINUITY OFFERED BY YOUR PROVIDER?
Support in defining your business needs to match compliance and fiscal needs can be provided in your colocation facility!
Utilize your Colocation Provider’s Business Continuity Testing & Consulting
Utilize your Colocation Provider’s On-site Training Facilities & Meeting Spaces
THE BENEFITS OF OUTSOURCING ARE GREAT… YOUR CONCERNS
For many organizations the thought of outsourcing their data center brings two main concerns:
SECURITY AND PRIVACY
Enterprise level data centers offer a level of security and privacy to meet state and national standards based on the industries we serve. (Healthcare, Financial, Government, etc…)
SECURITY — INDEPENDENT CONSTRUCTION (BUILD)
All data security falls solely on the customer.
Including staffing, surveillance systems, access points and audit trails.
SECURITY — COLOCATION FACILITY (BUY)
24x7 Uniformed security, full video surveillance. Badged access and bio metric security to all areas within the building. Physical access is monitored and audit reports can be provided upon request.
PHYSICAL SEPARATION FROM SERVERS
Physically touching your equipment is often not required to implement changes, such as program installation, maintenance or back-ups. You will have to manage more than just your servers should you choose to have a data center space within your own facility, from electrical installations and cabling to the high maintenance climate controlling systems that keep your IT equipment functioning.
ON-SITE SUPPORT — INDEPENDENT CONSTRUCTION (BUILD)
Provide your own staffing. Provide system maintenance for the location. Pay on-going operating costs.
ON-SITE SUPPORT — COLOCATION FACILITY (BUY) On site electricians, On site maintenance engineers and On site system engineers
7 x 24 x 365 security personnel
Though many data centers in the marketing place are only offering managed services as their entry level service, bigbyte.cc data center offers basic colocation services (redundant, climate controlled, secure technical space) that suits small to mid-sized organization’s needs. An organization may purchase power, rack space, and connectivity while all the administration of equipment is done by you or your chosen vendors.