In today’s challenging business climate, designing, financing and constructing a multi-tenant data center project is a challenge; even for established data center owner / operators.
Having a design and engineering team that understands the challenges associated with this process can help. Highly qualified engineering firms understand not only the options and efficiencies of design, but also the cost to build and operate the data center. Increasingly, the design and engineering teams need to play a larger role in these investment and financial elements of the project. Although first cost is always of great importance, the cost to maintain and operate the data center over a 20 year period is even more substantial. The best design decisions today tend to be based on a total cost of ownership (TCO) model, and carefully measure costs of energy and water consumption as well as repairs and maintenance.
Although digital security is paramount to keeping your business data safe within our data center, and for meeting compliance standards, the physical security measures are just as important. For example, our HIPAA infographic shows how many data breaches result from stolen equipment. These threats are largely internal in nature, which is why four layers of security—physical facility security, that is—help ensure the safety of equipment and information stored in our facility.
Cables are tangly, dongly little devils. Everyone’s dealt with that jumbled mess behind a desk or entertainment center at some point. They collect dust, clutter up space and probably even evolve life if you leave them alone long enough. In a data center, that just doesn’t cut it. In fact, cable clutter can actually raise operational costs, drag down energy efficiency and even put infrastructure at risk of interference, cross-talk, and cable damage.
Many data centers advertise themselves as a specific Tier, based on a scale from I – IV. But these classes are generally poorly defined and in many cases misused. Case in point: Green House Data recently exhibited at an industry event in Denver. A man walked up to the table and started asking about the company’s data centers. “You guys are up in Cheyenne, right?” he said, “What kind of facility? Tier II? Tier III?”
The data center industry is constantly evolving, in accordance with and sometimes even exceeding Moore’s Law, the infamous prediction that capabilities will double every two years. One of the biggest cruxes of big data is speed: the faster the connection, the better the service. Increased demand and new technology are driving data centers to adopt new 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet connections for their internal infrastructure. Green House Data aims to include 100 Gbps cabling in a new Cheyenne expansion, opening in the next 6 – 12 months. How will this new speed standard impact the data business?
Making a choice about a colocation facility is not an easy one. There are many factors to consider, and many competitors out there vying to be your IT partner. In the last week or so we've come across multiple articles that outline a variety of things to keep in mind when doing your shopping. We've taken what we think to be some of the most important tidbits and highlighted them here for you.
Today’s business climate is making more demands on companies to control costs while doing everything they can to generate new growth. If your business is at this crossroads, it may be time to consider colocation as a way to control your IT operations and costs, protect your company’s data, and maximize the time of your IT staff.