Data Center Site Selection
Having an effectively functioning data center is critical to many businesses today, and so it is important to keep in mind that Data Center Site Selection is the preliminary step to attaining high availability. Centralized data centers have allowed many companies to reach a higher level of productivity while also lower costs, but they can only serve their purpose if they are available. Availability is one of three key focuses of data center design, with the others being scalability and flexibility. A failure in a singled data center can cripple an entire enterprise, so it is necessary to ensure that the company can survive any sort of natural or man-made disaster that may involve a data center. Implementing distributed data centers will solve this problem, allowing for higher scalability and availability.
When a data center becomes unavailable, the company will incur both direct and indirect losses. Direct losses are easily quantifiable: lost revenue and extra costs. Indirect costs are less obvious and may make up the bulk of the loss; they include costs related to legal, contractual and regulatory obligations as well as losses in customer satisfaction.
It is often difficult for firms to recover from losses caused by downtime. The Gartner Group estimates that two of every five companies that go through a disaster end up going out of business within 5 years. Another research report from META GROUP estimates that the average cost for an hour of downtime is $330,000, while other firms estimate as high as $1 million. This has caused many companies to move towards always-available infrastructures that makes use of multiple data centers.
Data Center Site Selection Services
Data Center Realty (DCR) considers six major elements as part of its site selection process and we provide two separate site selection services.
- Aid in selection of a suitable area on which to locate a data center.
- Inspection and evaluation of an already chosen location.
The six factors we consider are:
- Natural Hazard Threats: includes proximity to flood-susceptible areas, earthquake zones etc.
- Physical Location Threats: includes multi-tenant occupancy, parking area separation and loading docks from outside walls
- Terrorist Activity Threats: proximity to high risk targets
- Environmental Contamination Threats: proximity to manufacturing and storage of hazardous materials
- Site Accessibility: proximity to major roadways and airports
- Amenities Access: Proximity to large metropolitan zones
To ensure a time-efficient and cost-effective site search, DCR uses databases of data center properties.
To ensure always-available access, many clients prefer to build a second data center to minimize the impact of a disaster.
Choosing the Right Site Saves Money and Time
DCR’s data center site selection services will ensure that your facility is based in a location and building that allows for constant availability. Selecting a suitable site with low risk of natural or man-made threats is the first step in designing a new data center. DCR will save you time and money by analysing risk of disasters when searching for a site and by providing availability analysis for any previously chosen facility.