Data center construction - but done right: Sound site analysis forms the basis for innovative and long-lasting projects

12.05.2022

Finding the right location for a planned data center is a demanding task and requires a comprehensive and targeted analysis. Many parameters and influencing factors must be considered and cross-sectoral action must be taken.

Common factors are often overlooked, such as the danger that can emanate from traffic routes or ground conditions. In addition to location, factors such as connectivity and energy supply must also be examined. The consultants of SECUrisk (business unit of DATA CENTER GROUP, DCG) know that these and many other factors must be observed comprehensively.

 
 
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The requirement of the location search for planned data center projects is - above all - to get a 360-degree view of the potential dangers and risks but also the chances of the most different locations. Professional analysis is used to generate possible site proposals for a data center project. A selection criteria catalog for data center locations from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) provides important information. The factors relevant to the selection of a location when planning a new data center regarding high and maximum availability are covered by DATA CENTER GROUP's specially created criteria catalog including security aspects and unrestricted availability. The experts' many years of experience based on successfully realized projects is definitely an advantage in the location analysis.

The project development of data centers requires a well-founded feasibility study. This provides, among other things: Environment analysis, development analysis, market analysis, rough concept as well as a stitch-proof, adaptable and transparent business plan. "One of our daily challenges is to generate all the necessary information for our analysis and to develop a concept based on it", says Fabian Buda (Consultant, SECUrisk).

 
 

Holistic thinking along the value chain

DATA CENTER GROUP offers the entire value chain in data center project development. Project development includes the complete analysis, construction planning, erection, operation and certification of data centers. The experts know exactly where to start in order to provide an accurate analysis. All potential sources of danger must be included and weighed. The team delivers site proposals that are worked out down to the smallest detail and prepared ready for decision-making. This enables potential risks to be identified directly and unpleasant surprises to be avoided in the future. In times of digital transformation and the resulting increasing volumes of data, the developments of Industry 4.0, and ever larger projects, the demands on IT infrastructures are also constantly rising. The consultants have their finger on the pulse of the times, keeping an eye on all standards in order to develop a future-proof best practice solution.

 
 
DCG consultant Michael Wörster knows: A future-proof and sustainable data center can only be created on the basis of forward-looking planning.
DCG consultant Michael Wörster knows: A future-proof and sustainable data center can only be created on the basis of forward-looking planning.

"We think holistically. That's why we first get to know the customer and his industry in detail and find out about his needs. For example, does he want to implement an in-house data center or is a service data center to be created? We determine the required size of the data center and examine the potential risks at the site. To do this, we prepare a comprehensive environmental analysis and check factors such as earthquake risk, temperature conditions, risk of lightning, potentially attack-prone objects in the immediate radius, heavy rainfall, traffic routes, etc.

 

On this basis, we determine what measures are required to reduce the risks to an acceptable level. It is also important to consider the site according to the criteria of economic energy supply. In our development analysis, we check whether connectivity can be provided economically, which carriers are represented, transfer points, bandwidth, etc. This includes substations, line lengths as well as redundant paths. The preparation of a business plan is also part of our work scope. This always depends on the model the customer prefers, for example, own operation, joint venture, leasing, SEP model (turnkey construction with integrated planning service), etc. Here, we benefit from our know-how based on numerous successfully realized projects", emphasizes Michael Wörster, consultant SECUrisk.

 
 

Professional analysis is the key to well-founded planning

Transport connections and electrical supply are important issues, as are short latency times. The availability of public media must be checked and, if necessary, ensured by means of on-site technology. Future-oriented sustainable concepts such as the use of waste heat from a data center have already been implemented in many DATA CENTER GROUP projects. With its own "Blue Angel" auditors, the Group has the necessary expertise for environmental data center certification. The SECUrisk experts know: Only on the basis of a well-founded and foresighted planning a future-oriented, innovative and sustainable data center can be created.

 
 

The consultants show which data center solution is the right one. "Well analyzed is half built: From consulting and planning to professional implementation of concepts and individual services, DATA CENTER GROUP covers the entire spectrum of the value chain related to the security of on-site IT infrastructures. The expertise of our consultants lays the foundation for durable and innovative data center solutions", emphasizes Donald Badoux (CSO, DATA CENTER GROUP).

"With our expertise, we lay the foundation for long-lasting and innovative data center solutions," emphasizes Donald Badoux (CSO, DATA CENTER GROUP).
"With our expertise, we lay the foundation for long-lasting and innovative data center solutions," emphasizes Donald Badoux (CSO, DATA CENTER GROUP).
 

 
 

Contact

 
 

DC-Datacenter-Group GmbH
In der Aue 2
57584 Wallmenroth
Germany

You can reach us during our business hours Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00 under the following phone number:

Phone: +49 2741 9321-0
Fax: +49 2741 9321-111

 
 

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