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DCOI COMPLIANCE: UNDERSTANDING THE REQUIREMENTS AND DCIM SELECTION CHECKLIST | MAY 2016 01 7 DCIM CONSIDERATIONS WHEN MIGRATING TO COLOCATION W H ITE PA P E R As organizations grow and evolve, they will inevitably hit an inflection point to tackle the classic "buy or build" dilemma regarding critical systems or infrastructure. They will have to ponder and debate the pro's and con's of whether to build d ata centers and maintain them internally or to outsource them externally. When it comes to data centers, this means either building and maintaining data centers on your premises or renting space from a colocation provider. One key advantage of moving from a proprietary data center with a limited geographic footprint is that a colocation provider often can access multiple and geographically-diverse data centers. This can improve your backup and disaster-recovery preparedness by having primary and secondary locations. Even after you have arrived at the conclusion that colocation is the right choice, simply leasing or buying colocation space is not as simple as it may seem. In fact, the colocation selection process will revolve around variables most suited to your circumstances. Factors such as how to define your needs, identify the right colocation provider, and negotiate the minutiae of actually migrating to the new space needs to be critically assessed. Keep in mind that once the contract is signed, it'll be time-consuming, complex, not to mention expensive and disruptive to your business, if you find the need to move again. To help you navigate your way, we have shortlisted 7 key DCIM considerations when it comes to migrating to colocations from on-premise data centers. 1. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION (FOR BOTH PHYSICAL LOCATION AND IT STAFF) Like scoping out any real estate, location is never far from a top consideration. In terms of your colocation provider, this means both the physical and the support locations. Location has inordinately large impact on the security and well-being of your data center assets. Weather patterns (flooding, extreme temperature swings, storm frequencies and intensities), seismic histories and accessibility to critical infrastructure such as routes, roads and airports should all be considered. For industries with more stringent regulatory compliance (such as financial industries), you may be prohibited from storing customer data across international or even state borders. The same principle applies to support staff. Whether you retain your own staff or let the colocation provider supply their manpower, you still need to know how the colocation assets are staffed. While some colocation tenants may still maintain on-site IT staff, others outsource it entirely as part of their contract. It's a good idea to draw up a scorecard tailored to your specific circumstance to narrow down your short list of potential providers before moving forward. 2. WHAT'S THE POWER SUPPLY SITUATION Power is both a broad and narrow issue. On a macro level, you need to consider the robustness of regional power grid infrastructure and redundancy capabilities. Look for location of power stations, substations and feeds to the facility as well as redundancy throughout the delivery

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