Gartner Research

Building a Data Center Versus Buying Co-location Space: Which Costs Less?

Published: 27 November 2012

ID: G00218233

Analyst(s): Jay E. Pultz, Henrique Cecci


IT leaders are often faced with deciding between two options: whether to build new data center facilities or purchase co-location space. Our analysis indicates that which option costs less is primarily dependent on three factors. Future research will examine additional ones.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


  • The Approach
  • The Base Case
  • The Analysis
  • Configuration Details

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