We've been talking to many companies who want to get out of the enteprise data center business. Most of these folks have had some pain that came from their enterprise data center. Common pain points include:
Data center capital costs - the capital required to own and operate a data center can be exhorbitant. Changes in data center uptime requirements have driven the equipment requirements (and the associated costs) higher every year.
Data center power redundancy - the costs of multiple power feeds, generators, automatic transfer switches, UPS and cooling equipment can exceed to $500k for even a small data center. Hardened facilities with security and fire suppression can easily reach $1 million.
Ongoing FTE burden- mission critical facilities expertise is expensive to maintain in-house. The disciplines of power, cooling and telecommunications are very different from Information Technology disciplines.
Are you anticipating a change in your enterprise data center? Does it make sense to consider flexible outsource computer room facilities?