Data Center Design & Engineering: Will Providers Invest in Energy Efficiency or Reliability and Control?

NEW YORK, New York – We all know that buying and selling old or “legacy” data centers is a major part of the data center market. However, what we don’t all agree on is how to best leverage the upgrading of such facilities in a rapidly changing technological market. What are some of the best practices for upgrading legacy facilities and “future-proofing” new data centers? After all, we can’t really downplay the significance of capital upgrades and improvements. “There’s a lot of risk and rewards involved,” says Donough Roche, VP of Global Sales Engineering, for Digital Realty. “You’ve got your technical issues, service-impacting issues, not to ignore the financial burden it can bring as well.” However, Barry Novick, Consultant for BlackRock says that the reliability of the data center infrastructure during upgrades may not be as important as it was 6-10 years ago, thanks to distributed computing, among other technological advancements. “The critical environmentals that we used to have to worry about to keep our servers up and running and reliable have been tremendously relaxed.” Gone are the days of hearing about servers having static discharge problems or overheating, says Novick. “We still have to move the same amount of BTUs but we don’t have to maintain the constant temperature, constant humidity that we used to.” Novick says that cost of the transition is more important than reliability. “Everything new is being built around cloud infrastructure,” he says. “You build…