The Industrial Age of Hyperscale: The Three-Legged Stool of Getting to Today’s Hyperscale TCO | Guest post by Paul Schlattman

Within a short time frame, hyperscale data centers have gone from being designed with a typical wholesale data center layout to industrial-level design. The design aspects of high-end interiors and concrete hardening are features long gone, while the hyperscale client focuses now exclusively on speed-to-market and cost. Over the last decade, wholesale data center providers have focused on supporting the enterprise user, whereas today the same wholesale providers are trying to cater to the cloud–hyperscale customers. While their design philosophies remain to drive to 5-9’s of reliability, the “frills” of previous designs reflect much more of a super-industrial design.  Metal buildings, trailer-type offices and cost per MW take precedence in this industrial age of hyperscale. While each hyperscale client will have different design requirements, common elements remain the same for cloud providers. For this reason and more, hyperscale owners will want to examine their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Consider the following three critical components to developing a meaningful hyperscale TCO. Leg One: Site Selection and the Economic Development Impact of Hyperscale The power consumption of the selected sites requires 180MW to 300MW (or more) of power per regional campus. This has two downfalls. One, just being able to get reliable power of that magnitude creates timing delays and increases cost. Secondly, the consumption of power and water can create a negative impact within local communities. And while they do create construction jobs, the operating employment numbers are minimal once…