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Colocation in Europe: Power Will Be the Critical Element in the Medium to Long Term

Published: 15 November 2013

ID: G00258169

Analyst(s): Tiny Haynes

Summary

As power prices continue to rise throughout Europe and long-term availability remains an ongoing issue, we outline strategies for infrastructure managers to ensure service stability over the next five years.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Consider the Geographic Strategy Behind Data Center Location, Including Factors Such as Energy Price Stability, Sustainability and Availability, as Well as Environmental Aspects That Affect Cooling
  • Ensure the Colocation Provider Has Placed Sufficient Emphasis on Preventing Grid Power Failure, With Regular Generator Testing and Black Building Tests
  • Ensure Energy Consumption Is Separated From Overall Service Costs to Prevent Paying for Power That Won't Be Used
  • Consider the Implications of the Data Center's Disaster Recovery Services and Plans for Critical Infrastructure

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