Yes – this is a pretty bold statement; but it holds a lot of truth. Let’s start here – If you’re a fast-growing cloud provider, social media firm or enterprise company with a large IT footprint, you may believe private data centers are a necessity. You may believe you have very valid reasons for wanting to build your own private data center. Your reasons might include:
- Larger-than-usual IT capacity needs.
- More control.
- More privacy.
- More security.
Here’s the challenge – this thought process may very well be outdated. As this whitepaper from CyrusOne points out, many large customers are the “disrupters of the universe,” whose sole business model is to disrupt and alter the status quo, whether it’s in the sharing economy, social media, cloud automation or financial technology. Businesses that didn’t even exist a few years ago are now worth trillions of dollars.
But for some reason, they still cling to the old business illusion that they need to design, build and manage their own data center.
Working with Better Data Center Options
It’s called a build-to-suit data center. As the paper points out, you’ll learn about seven powerful reasons why a build-to-suit data center is a faster, less expensive and far more sensible solution to meet your growing IT capacity needs.
A build-to-suit data center is a custom facility designed and constructed specifically for your company according to your IT specifications. Built by CyrusOne, at one of their many data center campuses – CyrusOne owns the building once it’s complete, but your company occupies and controls the data center just as you would a private data center.
A build-to-suit data center has numerous advantages over a private data center build. These data centers:
- Are built by our data center experts.
- Are less expensive to build than a private facility.
- Have a faster time to completion.
- Offer easy scalability for your IT footprint.
- Eliminate the uncertainty of rapid IT expansion.
- Provide you with control over internal operations and security.
- Enjoy a 100% service-level agreement
Scaling your “own” data center
Let’s take scalability as an example. One of the biggest risks you face when your company builds a private data center is the risk of overbuilding. Companies will usually build a larger facility, with extra space, power and cooling to support future IT expansions. But once the data center is finished, it may take several years to fill it up with IT equipment. During those years, you’re operating an underutilized asset that’s not generating the promised return on investment. This turns your investment into a financial liability.
A build-to-suit data center is a better solution. CyrusOne’s modular power units each offer 1,500 KW, and we combine multiple units to provide power to the facility (in other words, 20 units equals 15 MW of power). CyrusOne also uses high-efficiency modular cooling units, which we can quickly install in the facility as needed.
With modular power and cooling, you can rapidly scale up to meet your company’s growing IT footprint. If you need an increase in power density (such as up to 30 MW), CyrusOne can bring in additional power and cooling units and connect them to your facility, with no impact on your current IT environment. What’s more, you don’t pay for additional power and cooling until you require it. You only pay for the power and cooling you are using right now.
Download this whitepaper today to understand all seven reasons behind the power of a build-to-suit data center. Remember, build-to-suit data center can create a far more practical and cost-effective solution for companies that need sizable amounts of IT capacity to meet their current and future needs.