The Design and Organization of Data Centers/Location

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Three Options: Own, Lease, or Co-locate[edit]

Own[edit]

Lease[edit]

Co-locate[edit]

Considerations[edit]

Cost[edit]

Shop around to compare prices. Many co-location centers give initially inflated prices.[citation needed]

Taxes[edit]

Suitability[edit]

Expandability[edit]

Convenience[edit]

Transportation[edit]

  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to highways

Capability[edit]

Loading Dock availability[edit]

Safety[edit]

Availability of emergency services[edit]

  • fire insurance category

Safety from water damage[edit]

HVAC can fail in such a way that water comes out. Look out for pipes, vents, and ducts above your equipment. Air conditioners can freeze up and then thaw, water heaters can fail, ventilation ducts can pack with snow, toilets can overflow, etc. The building may be in a flood zone - does the insurance cover the damage? How long will it take to file the claim? Document who you must contact before the disaster happens.

Natural and manmade hazards[edit]

Natural hazards[edit]
  • Wildfires
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornados
  • Earthquake
  • Mudslide
  • Tsunami

etc.

Manmade hazards[edit]
  • Proximity of pollution sources
  • Transportation-related risks
  • Risk of crime, violence, terrorism, etc.

Legal environment[edit]