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How to Create a Data Center Cost Model Suitable for Public Cloud Comparison

Published: 20 November 2019


I&O technical professionals are facing cost optimization goals and public cloud strategies. Both require an understanding of data center costs. Cloud cost calculators are readily available, but data center cost models aren’t. This document and its associated Excel tool can help jump-start modeling.

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  • Assumptions for This Research
  • Overview of the Cost Modeling Process
  • Phase 1: Planning the Cost Modeling Process
    • 1.1 Determine the Need for, and Impact of, a Cost Model
    • 1.2 Determine the Timeline for the Project
    • 1.3 Identify Areas of Cost
  • Phase 2: Creating the Data Center Cost Model
    • 2.1 Gather Data From Appropriate Sources
    • 2.2 Build the Data Center Cost Model
    • 2.3 Input Data Into the Data Center Cost Model
    • 2.4 Modify the Cost Model
  • Phase 3: Comparing to Public Cloud Costs (Optional)
    • 3.1 Identify Workloads and Migration Paths
    • 3.2 Identify Cloud Cost Constants (IaaS-Focused)
    • 3.3 Model Using Public Cloud Cost Calculators
    • 3.4 Ascertain the Intangible Benefits of Public Cloud
  • Excel Guide — Worksheet 1: Facility Costs
    • Worksheet 1: Floor Space Costs
    • Worksheet 1: Power Costs
    • Worksheet 1: Cooling Costs
  • Excel Guide — Worksheet 2: Hardware Costs
    • Worksheet 2: Networking (General) Costs
    • Worksheet 2: Networking (Storage) Costs
    • Worksheet 2: Storage Costs
    • Worksheet 2: Server Costs
  • Excel Guide — Worksheet 3: Software Costs
    • Worksheet 3: Operating System Cost
    • Worksheet 3: Virtualization Cost
    • Worksheet 3: Backup Software Cost
    • Worksheet 3: Disaster Recovery Software Cost
  • Excel Guide — Worksheet 4: Other Software Costs
  • Excel Guide — Worksheet 5: Sample VM Cost


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