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April 2013, Volume 2, Number 4

From the front lines: How to select a colocation facility

Selecting a colocation facility presents not only potential hazards, but also the prospect of additional flexibility and business value. Steps include exploiting expertise throughout the organization, establishing formal requirements and collecting the unbiased evaluations to evaluate colocation options. Let's review the evaluation process and some of the most common decision factors. The first and most important step is to select a diverse team that can determine the full range of data center requirements. A predefined decision framework ensures that all voices are heard and that one dominant personality does not drive the decision. For example, we have seen data center selections based on network or security factors at the expense of sound critical infrastructure or operational requirements. Once the team and decision framework are in place, consider these six factors: Critical infrastructure. The electrical and mechanical infrastructure to power and cool the data center typically receives the bulk of the attention. This makes...

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