Data center management is currently undergoing a period of great change, much of which is being driven by two factors: new technologies and increasing demands. Data center managers are struggling to keep pace with growing capacity needs while working under the constraints of tightened budgets and energy efficiency initiatives. New technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and data center infrastructure management (DCIM) are transforming data centers into dynamic environments, optimizing the space in ways no one could have predicted only a few short years ago.
Under this new “norm,” data center managers are finding that they now must lower operational expenses, justify equipment upgrades, delay capital expansions and explore ways to reduce energy consumption and meet growing demand without risking downtime, all while optimizing to accommodate future needs. To meet these sometimes conflicting objectives, one option data center managers are increasingly turning toward is third-party colocation.
This white paper is designed to provide colocation facilities with best practices for building a scalable data center infrastructure that will enable them to quickly add customers, while optimizing efficiency at every stage of infrastructure utilization.