IT Focus Area: infrastructure operations
August 5, 2015
How Far in Advance Should You Plan for a New Data Center?
This is an excerpt from the new The Essential Guide to the Data Center Facility of the Future.
Building an owned and operated data center from scratch can take three to four years.
The capital approval process alone can take 18 to 24 months, as major data center projects often see price tags in the millions to tens of millions of dollars. Then come the requirements gathering, planning, design and possible site selection that need to happen before a single floor board is ordered or installed.
As a result, most organizations should allow a three- to four-year window to accommodate the full project lifecycle.
Leasing data center space is typically a better option if you are short on time. If you do your due diligence, it could take between six and nine months to get up and running in a leased data center. However, if you have an emergency, you can be operational in as little as 30 to 60 days.
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.