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May 2013, Volume 2, Number 5

Colocation facility selection requires careful planning

In part one of this article on selecting a colocation facility, we discussed some of the main factors to consider before taking the plunge, and the first steps for making the right choice of provider. Now, we dive even deeper. Selecting a colocation (colo) facility can be a confusing, frustrating process, and the wrong decision can send your data center down a costly path. Part of safeguarding against that fate is to establish solid processes for provider selection. Here's some guidance on comparing request for proposal (RFP) responses from providers and tips to avoid the most common pitfalls. Normalizing responses Colo providers differentiate offerings in confusing ways. The end result is often apples-to-oranges comparisons for customers, especially concerning the two largest cost components: rent and power. Standardize provider responses so you can make an accurate comparison. Rent. Does the provider charge rent per square foot or per kilowatt? A 200 watt-per-square-foot facility is nearly twice as expensive to build as one ...

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