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Estimating Requirements and Costs of Data Center Build Projects

Published: 10 October 2016

ID: G00304831

Analyst(s): David Cappuccio


Building a data center is a major decision for most organizations, and the financial impact of the project is often at the board level. A significant portion of the capital expense will be determined early in the data center construction project. Here, we give CIOs a sense of the costs to plan for.

Table Of Contents


  • The Keys to Successful Data Center Design: Flexibility and Scalability
    • Install Only the Power You Need
    • Density Versus Capacity
    • Emphasize Airflow Design
    • Use Zones to Reduce Build and Electrical Costs
    • Rack Layout
    • Rack Units
  • Availability Design Criteria
    • Critical Building Systems
    • Location
    • Power Distribution
    • Power Supply
    • Mechanical Systems
    • Security Systems
    • Raised-Access Floor
    • Fire Prevention, Detection and Suppression
  • Data Center Construction Costs
    • Sizing Estimates
    • Data Center Cost Estimates

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