IT Focus Area: infrastructure operations
October 20, 2014
10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Analyzing Your Data Center
This is an excerpt from the new The Essential Guide to the Data Center Facility of the Future.
Whether you’re undertaking a data center overhaul or building one from scratch, you should make sure you’re investing your time wisely. Before you begin the process, take the time to really understand the business costs, risks and opportunities connected to your data center.
Here are 10 vital questions to help your company understand the support your data center offers today and in the future:
1. What is our designed/realized tier level?
2. What are the electrical capacities or loads of our generator, uninterruptible power supply (UPS)?
3. Can we determine our per-cabinet power profile?
4. Can we calculate the power usage effectiveness (PUE) for our data center?
5. How will we grow in one, three and five-plus years?
6. What is the value of the hardware and data located in our data center?
7. If there were a major issue or outage, how much would it cost, and how long would it take to replace our data center facility?
8. If the data center went down, what business functions would be impacted?
9. How would that impact look after day one, day three?
10. Are we aware of all or most of the risks facing our data center today?
By using metrics obtained from answering these types of questions, your company can better illustrate the business costs, risks and opportunities associated with your data center.
To learn more about the data center of the future, get your copy of The Essential Guide to the Data Center Facility of the Future.