Here are some of the key takeaways:
1. Checking the redundancy level in place for HVAC, UPSes, PDus and other components
2. Requesting incident logs, maintenance records, etc.
3. Inquiring about what programs and contracts are in place for the data center infrastructure
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Read the article: Choose A Colocation Provider: Areas To Address When Narrowing The Field
Getting it right the first time is crucial when selecting a colocation provider, says Darin Stahl, Info-Tech Research Group lead analyst. For example, SMEs that move equipment into a provider’s space only to have to switch providers shortly after due to lack of foresight will pay a heavy price. “When you get into a colocation, switching costs are enormous,” he says. “This isn’t like buying a bunch of photocopiers, being unhappy with them, and putting them to the curb and getting new Xeroxes in. It’s a big deal to go through switching.” To find a good fit with a colocation provider, consider the following.
✔Acquire Enough Power & Space
Power and space are among the most important factors when judging providers. Where space is concerned, Clive Longbottom, service director of business process facilitation at Quocirca, says to ask yourself what you’re trying to accomplish, whether it’s to move existing or new workloads out of the data center or phase the data center out completely. If you expect to need additional physical space later, he says, get enough initially or negotiate with the provider to leave space around your area to avoid a forklift move from one part of the facility to another. This may cost more upfront, he says, but it will have less impact on the business later.
Greg Elliott, director of business development at 1102 Grand (www.1102grand.com), says checking the redundancy level in place for HVAC, UPSes, PDUs, and other components is also vital. “Not having enough redundancy for your organization’s particular requirements could be catastrophic if there was an outage,” he says; conversely, “paying for too much redundancy is likely to cause an organization to overpay for their colocation presence,” he says. Elliott advises requesting incident logs, maintenance records, etc., to determine how well the facility is run. “Based on meetings and facility tours I have been part of, people rarely inquire about what preventative maintenance programs and contracts are in place for the data center infrastructure,” he says.
As for power, Stahl says pricing is increasingly becoming variable. “It used to be I could go in and get a rack and I would know that for $340 a month or whatever the flat fee was, I had A-side, B-side power and this much commit,” he says. “Increasingly, though, vendors are enacting power-variation pricing clauses as frequently as quarterly to say, ‘Look, if I get a price increase from my supplier, I’m going to pass this on to you anywhere from 4 to 10%, and I’ll do that on a quarterly basis.’” In such cases, Stahl says obtaining fullmetered pricing can mean paying less.