Colocation Planning – #Storage #PS

EMC Rack Clarion

If you are just starting out,  selecting a Colocation facility seems simple. Pick a location, rent out space for your servers and that is it, You are up and running.  Not so fast, there are a lot of considerations when it comes to picking the right Colocation partner, such as the maintenance and operational plans associated with the facility.

Maintenance and Testing
Don’t forget, when you buy data center colocation you are buying a slice of critical infrastructure and ongoing maintenance. Without a robust maintenance program, technology will fail. Look for documented MOPs (method of procedure) and SOPs (standard operating procedure) that are used consistently and improved over time. Make sure your SLA does not exclude maintenance windows or emergency maintenance. Your colo provider should be able to show you their monthly, quarterly, and annual maintenance schedules for all critical elements of the mechanical and electrical systems including chillers, air handlers, generators, batteries, and UPSs. You should be able to observe and even participate in maintenance exercises.




SERVICE DETAIL for Items you will need to confirm with your DataCenter Provider:


  1. Facilities – What do they look like, get a tour
  2. Power – confirm what kind of Power availability and request logs
  3. HVAC – request for Logs and when it was last tested
  4. Infrastructure and Maintenance Support
  5. Physical Security of Data Center – inside and out
  6. Colocation Space Options
  7. Rack Options
  8. Connectivity – Network – Make sure enough bandwidth is available  to you and others (depending on you application)
  9. Cage/Cabinet and Cabling Requirements (cleanliness is key)
  10. Doors
  11. Floor Tiles (some facilities might not have this option)
  12. Customer Conduct Within the Data Center – Make sure rules in place
  13. Access List Management – How is list managed, security etc.
  14. Staging Area
  15. Shipping and Receiving
  16. Cell Phone Usage
  17. Pictures or Videos
  18. Web Cams
  19. Audits – What kind of Audits are performed, ask for any available to you
  20. Cancellation – What kind of notice do you require to provide
  21. Environmental Sensing Devices – Temp and Humidity are key factors you are looking for.
  22. Customer Provided Racks – are they allowed or just DataCenter generic.
  23. Customer Provided Power Strips
  24. Customer Provided Additional Security Devices


by: Bahram Khandan

Security,  Storage,  Networking,  Hybrid Cloud



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