Outsource data center costs lower than building your own?

Whether you're considering an outsource data center for your primary data center or disaster recovery colocation, there's a good chance that outsourcing your computer room facilities can save you money when compared to building your own.

Downtime is no longer an option, even for small and medium sized businesses.  When prospects, clients, vendors, and employees cannot get to your systems, you stand to lose revenue, credibility, and clients.  But the cost of improving downtime in your old computer room is expensive and sometimes impossible.

  • The cost of building facilities, including a generator, electrical power conditioning system, battery backup, and air conditioning system can easily reach $100,000 for a company with a single rack of computer equipment.
  • Making each of the facilities systems redundant more that doubles the one time build out costs.  Adding features like tornado and earthquake protection, along with redundant telecom entrances can add hundreds of thousands more.
  • The cost of data center compliance is rising by the year.
  • Ongoing maintenance of the facilities are tens of thousands of dollars.

Is this the approach your company wants to adopt?

Alternatively, a popular CIO strategy is to outsource mission critical facilities (enterprise data centers and disaster recovery centers) in order to eliminate a huge portion of data center capital costs, yearly operating expenses and trouble from the budget.

Outsourcing the facilities side of IT tends to dramatically reduce or even eliminate downtime associated with weather, power, cooling, and telecom connectivity.  These four areas are some of the most common causes of downtime.

Consider using a "high tech landlord"(outsource data center) to change to radically change your IT facilities cost model.

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.
Alex Carroll