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Answer These 10 Questions Before Building a Data Center

Published: 16 October 2013

ID: G00258396

Analyst(s): David Cappuccio


Planning for a data center is a significant task, and making the wrong choice can cost millions. Data center planners need to review these 10 questions to "kick-start" the process.

Table Of Contents


  • 1. Why Am I Doing This, or Can I Retrofit a Data Center Rather Than Build a New One?
  • 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 Energy Efficiency and Using Green Technologies?
  • 7. What Is a Realistic Life Cycle for a New Data Center?
  • 8. Should I Build One or Build Many Data Centers?
  • 9. What About Using Modular Techniques or Container-Based Solutions Instead of Traditional Data Centers?
  • 10. What Impact Will Cloud Services Have on Future Data Centers?

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