Defining Requirements and Roles

Assuming you have decided that building your own Data Center is the right business decision, then the first step in a successful Data Center project is defining the room's purpose. Why is your company building this Data Center? What needs must it meet? What specific functions does it need to perform, and perform well, to be considered a success? What level of availability does your business require? These are obvious questions, but in the rush to get your complex, potentially multimillion-dollar environment designed, built, and brought online in a cost-effective and timely manner, it is easy to move forward based on outdated or incorrect assumptions. The time to verify beliefs is at the beginning of the project ...

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