- How would a data center manager proceed if he or she were charged with creating a cost estimate for a data center renovation or new build?
- Would he look for comparable facilities and try to get information about their construction costs?
- Would he seek information that would allow him to benchmark the cost of hitting key performance specifications?
Developing a budget for a data center, computer room, or server room upgrade or new build requires understanding an array of items related to the facility supporting infrastructure costs, mechanical & electrical design and engineering costs, commissioning costs, and construction costs. However, in order to understand the size, type of power and cooling density required, and then the engineering and build, data center operators and senior IT and facility managers need to take a step back and fully understand the requirements of IT infrastructure both when the facility opens and several years down the road.
Data center and/or computer room budgeting or cost estimating are accomplished by identifying the key design criteria for the two (2) main areas of the project focus within the overall data center infrastructure and services, the Technology Infrastructure & Services (IT) and the Support Infrastructure & Services (the Facility).
Since a data center project typically involves base-building design, Site Selection must also be included as a criterion placed on the overall design.
A computer room project, on the other hand, can be as involved as a project within a bigger base building project or as simple as a relocation and/or upgrade of an existing computer room within an established building space.
ASPIRE TECH Data Center & Computer Room Cost Budgeting Service is delivered as part of the Plan step in the even (11) step progression of the data center project process. To perform this service a Feasibility Design is required. In addition, ASPIRE TECH Needs and Survey Services are typically prerequisites before being able to deliver a solid data center cost estimate for an upgrade or new build.
Center Availability & Risk Assessment
Information availability is critically important in today's fast-paced corporate world. The goal of ASPIRE TECH evaluation, planning and data center risk assessment services is to identify obstacles to and recommend solutions for redundant and fault-tolerant network & support infrastructure for mission critical environments. Our methodology combines the business and technology expertise needed to ensure customer satisfaction from concept through completion.
ASPIRE TECH Data Center Availability & Risk Assessment services leverage the first three phases in the progression of the data center project process and data center lifecycle.
ASPIRE TECH performs a comprehensive data center inspection to assess the ability of the support infrastructure to provide continuous availability including a site inspection, an evaluation of the present load condition, a comparison to the capacity constraints, identification of critical deficiencies and potential downtime risks, an assessment of the concurrent maintenance capacity of the site and recommendations for improvements.
The data center risk assessment service is available for other technology spaces including:
- Data Centers
- Computer Rooms
- Server Rooms
- Network Closets
- Telecommunications Equipment Rooms
- Main Data Frames
- Intermediate Data Frames
- And more...
Facility Evaluation & Assessment
A comprehensive facility inspection to assess the ability of the space and support infrastructure to provide continuous availability including a site inspection, an evaluation of the load capacity constraints, identification of critical deficiencies and potential downtime risks, an assessment of the concurrent maintenance capacity of the site, a recommendations for improvements and a comparison to the identified business objectives for the intended use of the space. Finally, a cost estimate is generated based on the retrofits as required to meet the business objectives.
Network & Security Risk Assessment
Understanding your company's own unique vulnerabilities is the foundation of an effective information security strategy. Working in cooperation with your staff, ASPIRE TECH experts conduct a thorough security assessment that precisely identifies both internal and external threats and vulnerabilities specific to your company. We then provide you with a detailed briefing of your current security posture as well as clearly defined recommendations for mitigating your risk. Armed with a vast knowledge of today's diverse methods of attack and the security industry's most effective technical tools, ASPIRE TECH offers you the unmatched expertise of world-class security professionals who know how to find security holes and fix them before any damage is done.
ASPIRE TECHs comprehensive data center risk assessment service strategy includes:
- Identify & inventory and rank IT assets based on criticality to the business.
- Rank the threats that pose risks to the critical assets.
- Identify the severity of vulnerabilities in the critical assets.
- Prioritize risks by focusing on assets affected by credible threats and existing vulnerabilities.
- Develop strategies that minimize risk and maximize ROI.