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Choosing a Data Center Site: "Location, Location, Location"

Published: 16 January 2008

ID: G00204043

Analyst(s): Drue Reeves


Choosing a new data center site is not for the faint of heart. The time and money required to investigate potential sites can be daunting. However, corporations seeking a new data center location should consider those resources well spent. Data centers are the heart of the organization--where mission critical applications are running, customer orders are taken, business transactions are performed, and important data is stored. When considering potential data center locations, organizations must do their homework regarding details such as power, telecommunications, available workforce, and potential disasters.

Table Of Contents


Build the Site Selection Team

  • The Internal Team
    • Project Manager
    • Executive Staff
    • IT Staff
    • Facilities
    • Legal
    • Human Resources
    • Finance
    • Real Estate
  • The External Team
    • Real Estate Investment Trusts
    • Real Estate Brokers
    • Data Center Construction Companies
    • Data Center Consultants

Select the Data Center Site Selection Principles

  • What Is the Data Center Availability Requirement?
  • Is the Data Center a Primary or Secondary Site?
  • Should the Organization Build, Buy, or Lease the Data Center?
  • What Is the Data Center Confidentiality and Security Requirement?

Gather the Data Center Requirements

  • Determine IT Systems Housed in the Data Center
  • Determine Power Requirements
  • Determine Space Requirements
  • Telecommunication Requirements
  • Operational Staff Requirements
  • Determine Financing
  • Construction Requirements

Create a Potential Site List

  • Power
    • Capacity
    • Price
    • Redundancy
  • Telecommunications
  • Availability and Price of Labor
  • Available Water and Water Rights
  • Disasters
    • Local Natural Disasters
    • Local Man-Made Disasters
    • Regional Natural Disasters
    • Regional Man-Made Disasters
  • Price of the Location
    • Price of Local Contractors
    • Building Materials and Construction Cost
    • Price of Land
    • Taxes and Abatements
    • Tax Incentives
  • Other Considerations
    • Lifestyle

Contact the Potential Site Cities

  • What Not to Do
  • What to Do
  • Economic Development Organizations



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