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Determining facility requirements for mission-critical data centers

Posted by Jeffrey Mayer on August 12, 2013
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Data center location searches begin with a seemingly-endless list of requirements. By the time one rules out all areas with any chance of flood, hurricane, tornado, ice storm, wildfire, earthquake, or lightning — and rules out all areas near a rail line, gas transmission line, oil pipeline, airport, or nuclear generation site — there’s not much left — and this is before factoring in cost and availability of utilities, tax structures, economic development incentives, or the exhaustive design requirements for the building itself, whether new or existing.
In other words, there is no perfect data center location. Acknowledging this at the outset allows the site selection team, including those internal to the company as well as their external advisors, to focus on determining which characteristics are preferred versus required, which flaws are fatal, and which can be mitigated at a reasonable cost. Budget, infrastructure availability, design requirements, and disaster risks demand compromises on every data center site search…
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