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Data Center Consultants

Updated on December 18, 2010

Data Center Consultants

Data center consultants help you choose the selection criteria for a Data Center and thoroughly validate the competetive offerings. They understand power, space and how the various types of Data Centers operate and how they can meet your needs. Furthermore, if it comes to creating a Data Center Request For Proposal (RFP), they can do this efficiently from their prior experience doing the same for other clients. They start by meeting with you to discuss requirements, and in the process, should educate you on options and tradeoffs. They can manage the entire RFP process, assessing and scoring the responses and presenting the results in non-technical business language.

Data Center consultants can evaluate your alternatives and they know what to look for. Working with your team they investigate critical power needs and consumption, cooling, security, site operations, equipment, cabling, layout, networking and design. Here are some of the key factors to help you decide on a data center:

Data connectivity – Pricing for bandwidh can vary in how it is measured.  Run some real world scenarious through each and take into account bursting.

Location – How important is the proximity of the colocation facility to your IT staff? Can managed services help off-set distance to your equipment?  Is the facility located in an area pronoe to natural disasters like earthquakes?

Location vs. Costs – Pricing for colocation space can vary tremendously. Some areas offer low cost power and colocation space and some areas offer sales tax incentives.

Access Control and Physical Security – Review staffing hours of the data center. What type of security monitoring systems do they have in place like card access, cameras, cabinet or cage locks, biometrics, external doors, perimeter walls and roof secuirity?

Power back-up – Make sure you thoroughly understand how your equipment is supported in the data center. Do they have multiple redundant UPS and diesel generator power systems?

Watts per square foot – Data centers are evaluated based on watts per square foot as it relates to cooling and power service delivery. Try to select a data center facility with slightly higher watt per square foot than you require for future growth. If your power requirements per square foot are low and you are in a data center that has a very high power per square foot ratio, you will probably pay a lot more for that space

Reputation – Make sure you check with other existing customers and ask how they are treated at the data center

Financial stability – Ask for financial information about the data center.

Special requirements – Do you have PCI, CISP, ISO, HIPAA and SARBANES-OXLEY compliance requirements? Make sure the colocation facility can meet your current requirements and any requirements you might have in the future.

General conditions – Age of facility, expansion space, lighting, staging areas, cleanliness, office space and “green power” initiatives should be reviewed. This can tell a lot about the data center provider.

Contracts and SLAs – Make sure you review the contracts and Service Level Agreements carefully. They vary considerably by data center especially when it comes to penalties for not meeting certain service levels.

Cloud migration is using computer resources on the internet and utilizing dynamic, remote and scalable computer system. Essentially, the computer system is provided on the internet instead of having it in-house. The computer server manages the IT services remotely but still offering a technological infrastructure without the physical computer resources you would normally have in-house. Cloud Hosting allows the business to once again eliminate capital expenses needed to house computing resources. Cloud migration allows a company to continue to have a fantastic IT infrastructure without setting up even one piece of software and hardware.

Data security may be on people’s minds with cloud migration and data center services. It becomes important that you lock the computer system as if you would a safe or front door.

Colocation Planning transitions you to share world-class data centers for housing computer equipment that supports your critical business applications and services. Colocation centers were once thought to make economic sense only for larger organizations with budgets sufficient to pay for rack space, the need for round-the-clock operations, the requirement for tight physical security, and the skill to manage an off-site IT system. Today, virtualization technology such as VMware and Hyper-v have radically reduced the space required for multiple servers, almost everybody needs 24x7 network operation, and remote management and troubleshooting tools make it affordable for businesses of any size to outsource the administration and support of colocated systems

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      Ms._Info 7 years ago from New Jersey

      Great tips on how to choose a data center. I didn't realize that there were so many important factors to consider. Thanks for the info.

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      Gina~~ 7 years ago

      Thanks for laying out the key factors in choosing a Data Center so clearly. I'm still of the opinion that it's best to leave it to the experts, but at least now I will know what they are talking about!