Gartner Research

Best Practices for Data Center Costs and Design

Published: 05 August 2011

ID: G00213184

Analyst(s): John R. Phelps, David Cappuccio


What does it cost to build a modern data center — and what criteria should be in the building requirements? Making the wrong decision can cost you millions.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • The Keys to Successful Data Center Design: Flexibility and Scalability
    • Density Versus Capacity
    • Emphasize Airflow Design
    • Install Only the Power You Need
    • Use Power Capping Management Technologies
    • Use Zones to Reduce Build and Electrical Costs
    • Rack Layout
    • Rack Units
  • Availability Design Criteria
    • Critical Building Systems
    • Location
    • Site Selection
    • Architecture
    • Power Distribution
    • Power Supply
    • Mechanical Systems
    • Security Systems
    • Raised-Access Floor (RAF)
    • Fire Detection and Suppression
  • Data Center Construction Costs
    • Sizing Estimates
    • Data Center Cost Estimates
  • Data Center Facilities Management Options
    • Model 1: Assign Data Center Facilities Management Responsibility to Corporate Facilities Organization
    • Model 2: The Management of Data Center Facilities Is an IT Organizational Responsibility
    • Model 3. A Matrix Model, in Which IT Facilities Staff Reports to IT Organization and to Corporate Facilities Organization

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