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Over the last
several years of disasters and cleanup, I've been surprised by the
reluctance of many small and mid-size businesses to invest in true
Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions. Given the loss of equipment, data,
and revenue from the NY metropolitan hurricanes, I fully expected
more clients to request help to eliminate downtime.
As it turns out,
even with relatively low costs for co-location or DR space in an
offsite facility, I believe many of these business owners have
decided to avoid the monthly expense of co-location when space is
generally available in their own location due to downsized employees.
This E-Bulletin discusses this topic and whether Company Owned
Computer Room Build-Outs are escalating again.
Let me know your
thoughts on this E-Bulletin by reaching out to me directly. If you
have other data center topics you would like us to consider for a
future E-Newsletter or E-Bulletin, let me know that too. I am
available at PSacco@ptsdcs.com.
Owned Computer Room
Deployments Making a Comeback?
Like many other
market sectors, the data center space has its ebbs and flows. The
latest trend and forecast is that cloud computing and colocation are
continuing to grow in popularity and one day, due to cloud's promise
of ubiquitous computer platforms, could nullify the need for
company-premise-built data centers or computer rooms. That said, this
promise has lingered for some time now without being realized. In
fact, at PTS we see a different, more recent trend.
For example, in
the last several years, the northeastern U.S. has experienced
substantial utility outages due to inclement weather (Hurricanes
Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012). Given these extended outages, for
over a year now, PTS has been called upon to engineer and install
more whole-facility backup power generation systems than ever before.
Further, and in keeping with Levitt and Dubner's position in their
book Freakonomics, that there is a hidden side
to everything - so it seems to be the case with this whole-building
For small- and
mid-size companies, installing a generator is the single highest
CAPEX obstacle to realizing a corporate computer room (what PTS
refers to as a "Tenant-Space Computer Room"). However, it's
those very companies that have realized their operations (much less
their computer rooms) cannot go without power for an extended period
of time and as a result are installing whole-facility
backup power systems. What was once the largest financial impediment
to computer room ownership is now gone. Along with this is the
promise of eliminating the ever increasing OPEX of an outsourced IT
At the same
time, given IT's ability to deliver operational resiliency, CIOs and
CFOs alike are realizing not every data center facility needs to
operate as a Tier IV bunker. It's even more premature to state that
cloud computing is taking over. PTS is actually experiencing a
resurgence in company built and operated data centers and computer
rooms. As such, you can almost hear Yogi Berra's immortal words,
"it ain't over 'til it's over".
It is likely the
industry will hit a stasis point between in-sourced and out-sourced
data center facility and IT operations. Many enterprises already have
(or will have) a hybrid model whereby some applications are cloud
based (i.e. Salesforce.com), while others are housed in company owned
and operated data centers.
PTS, too, is
currently undergoing a transformation by including our own cloud data
center site and services offering as part of our new HQ facility
build. This offering will complement our client premise-based IT and
facility solutions. This way, PTS will be prepared for whichever way
the wind blows (pun intended).
If you are
considering expanding your data center or adding a generator to
improve expected uptime, it may be prudent to reach out to a
professional data center design & engineering team to discuss your requirements, options, and costs.
Also, there are a variety of issues that should be discussed prior to
considering a generator deployment for any
Contact us to speak with a data
center design professional.
About The PTS Companies
Design Principles, Process Driven Execution, Experience, and
PTS does, it believes in challenging the status quo. PTS chooses to
think differently by believing every company, no matter the size, can
operate its own highly effective, resilient, and easy to manage data
center network and facility. The PTS team knows it can be done simply
and for a reasonable cost because it has done so many times. To
ensure success every time, PTS has evolved a four-fold strategy which
is the core of all PTS' companies - Proven Design Principles, Process
Driven Execution, Experience, and Innovative Thinking. Further, PTS
understands the proper balance between in-sourcing and out-sourcing
facilities, technology, and people.
for Your Always Available Data Center
PTS has world
class design, engineering, construction, installation, operations,
and management staff across both facility and IT disciplines. PTS
also has the facilities and IT experience, having integrated and
tested many of the best-of-breed technologies the industry has to
offer in our very own data center lab. In short, PTS is the Expert
for Your Always Available Data Center.
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With a proven
process for understanding and addressing client needs as well as
integrated facilities and IT experience and expertise, PTS offers a
unique vantage point for executing data center, computer room, and
network operations center projects with a proven process for
understanding and addressing client needs.
engagement, PTS applies a disciplined, consultative approach to
systematically survey and assess the situation and then develop
effective plans for seizing opportunities and overcoming obstacles.
And, PTS offers a full complement of services - from business
strategy and planning to facilities engineering to IT design and
implementation - to help transform those plans into reality.
PTS works to fulfill its mission of creating satisfied customers by
emphasizing planning and pre-construction services to provide the
optimal people, process, and technology solutions to meet clients'
needs. The result is an early and accurate alignment between scope,
schedule, and budget.