How to Choose the Best Data Center Site

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A successful data center must first be built upon the right site.

Since the microcomputer boom of the 1980s, companies have invested hundreds of billions of dollars in data centers. A data center commands a lot of information; it’s essential to choose a data center site that will maximize efficiency. Of course there are common sense factors to consider, such as severe weather conditions and proximity to utility providers and energy sources. There are also a few key factors to consider that you may not have thought of.

Getting a Good Deal

The money you spend on your data center site can make you or break you. You don’t want to set up your site only to become overwhelmed by expenses. First, make sure that you get a good deal on the property. Several years ago, Microsoft bought a tract of land to use as a data center site. The land cost Microsoft $6 million when it would have cost $1 million for agricultural use. Luckily, Microsoft’s budget was $1.1 billion, so the cost of the land was covered by the budget. The costs involved in building a data center are unrecoverable, so it’s important to work all of your potential expenditures into the startup cost of your project.

Environmental Regulations

Before you begin building your data center, you should perform an environmental impact assessment to evaluate how the data center will affect the surrounding environment. While your data center may not pose any chemical or contaminant risk, it will be reliant upon water to fuel the facility’s cooling system. You don’t want to purchase a data center site only to be unable to follow the local water conservation regulations.


Energy will be one of your data center’s highest operating costs, so it’s important to take into account your energy source. Consider whether you will use grid, solar, wind, hydro, or other energy sources and how that will factor into the cost. Also, consider the availability of energy to the site. If the site is remote, it may be difficult to provide energy to the site.

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