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  • How to Estimate Data Center Expansion Costs

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  • The question is: what should go into the budget?

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  • Building It and Running It

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  • The total cost of ownership or TCO is the overall metric to use

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  • Specifying the New DC Facility

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  • If you already have one data center in operation, will the additional one simply be more of the same?

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  • Not necessarily, for the following reasons:

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  • Data center technology continues to evolve (a DC over 7 years old is considered to be obsolete by industry observers Gartner, Inc.)

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  • Your own business needs may have evolved. Perhaps you started with Tier 1 facilities, but now you need Tier 4 (or even vice versa)

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  • Your first DC was over or under-dimensioned. Theres no point in repeating earlier mistakes

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  • Grabbing a site first because it is affordable, available or both, and then trying to shoehorn new DC facilities into it is the wrong way round

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  • Numbers for Budgets Dont Come Out of Hats

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  • Budgeting typically needs to be zero-based (from scratch),

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  • starting with business objectives (capacity, security, future needs)

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  • that are then accurately translated into DC building characteristics and features

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  • Extra Bits and Pieces

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  • Two further things can upset an otherwise carefully prepared budget:

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  • Items you forgot to include, such as the possible cost of moving systems and data between the current DC and the new facility

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  • Factors like LEED project and construction criteria to help make the new facility as ecologically friendly as possible

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  • Wow, Is It Really Going to Cost That Much?

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  • Budgets can also be bigger than funds available, whatever the levels under discussion

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  • If so, other solutions may be preferable

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  • They may include the use of colocation facilities,

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  • where all-in monthly fees can be easier to handle as well as being more affordable

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  • Is modular design the solution for easy expansion of data centers?

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  • Share your opinion with us with a line or two in the space for comments below

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