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Building a New Data Center? 10 Questions to Answer Before You Begin

Published: 04 January 2010

ID: G00172532

Analyst(s): David Cappuccio


Designing or retrofitting a data center is a significant task, and making the wrong choice can cost millions. How do those assigned this task know what to ask, and what the trends are? This list is designed to "kick start" the process.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • 1. Why am I doing this at all? Can I retrofit a data center?
  • 2. Who should be part of the design team?
  • 3. How big is "big enough"?
  • 4. How much availability do I really need?
  • 5. How much energy will I need?
  • 6. What about using green technologies?
  • 7. What is a realistic life cycle for a new data center?
  • 8. Should I build one data center or many data centers?
  • 9. What about using containers instead of traditional data centers?
  • 10. With regard to cooling, is the raised floor (forced air) still needed?

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