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Build Or Buy? The Economics Of Data Center Facilities

A Total Economic Impact™ Analysis Uncovers That For Most Companies Leasing A Data Center Is More Economical Than Building One

June 27, 2011

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Data centers are running low on space, power, and cooling. When it comes time to provision new data center capacity, IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals are faced with the critical decision to either lease or build. There are use cases for both approaches. Leasing a data center presents an attractive operational expenditure model, better access to space and power, and the ability to expand faster. Building a data center provides more control over the facility and its operations and allows organizations to leverage and share existing space. So what should you do? Forrester's Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) analysis finds that building a data center is not economical for most companies. This report will help infrastructure and operations professionals decide when to lease and when to build a data center given their unique circumstances.

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Table of Contents

  • Choose Wisely: Data Center Facilities Are Your Most Expensive Investment
  • Three Factors Determine The Economics Of Data Center Facilities
  • For Most Companies, Leasing Is More Cost-Effective Than Building
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Beyond Dollars And Cents, Consider Core Competencies, Risk, And Forecast
  • WHAT IT MEANS

  • Modular Data Centers Are Disruptors To This Model
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents