Colocation data centers must be designed with a clear philosophy in mind - where reliability, efficiency, consistency and continuity play a key role. They have a mission to fulfill: To provide continuity and world-class data center service around the clock to ensure hardware housing and continuous uptime.
The best way to achieve this is to review all planning, decisions and security concepts from the customer's perspective.
Short communication channels, flexibility, speed and the willingness and ability to do whatever is necessary shows that every customer - whether multinational company or small, locally specialized IT firms - has made the right decision with Colocation.
Before deciding on a colocation deployment, many clients ask themselves the following questions:
- Can the colocation site cope with the current power density of the racks with a single power distributor to the rack?
- What about future requirements?
- Can the colocation provider provide sufficient cooling for the desired rack power density and temperature specifications, both now and in the foreseeable future?
- What is the colocation provider's remote service solution - can the hardware be rebooted by a third party depending on the requirements?
- Is frequent access to the racks in the colocation facility required, whether for IT configuration changes or repairs? If so, by whom? Would a rack-level asset management system be useful?
- Does the colocation provider offer DCIM-as-a-Service?
- If not, would a dedicated DCIM deployment help?
- What needs to be considered in terms of IT asset security, both physical and logical?
- How is actual energy consumption measured?