Open IT Forum: Where do you fall in the data center buy v. build dilemma?

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Building a data center in response to overwhelming data growth comes as an easier decision to some, but what about the rest of us? What are the pros and cons you've experienced when either buying servers through a service or building your own data center from the ground up? We love lists and stories, and the best ones get 100 knowledge points that'll help you in our Xbox 360 contest!

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Our company out-grew one of our existing data centers and we chose to buy an existing one to move into. However we really tore that one out from ground to ceiling and built it back out to our specifications and needs. We completely removed the raised flooring and installed chimney racks that sent the warm air up and overhead to the air conditioning units on the side. We were able to save significant money on cooling costs this way and add racks as we need them as the overhead slots are ready for installing new racks at will. The space is much cleaner and most energy efficient than the old data center and now we have plenty of room to expand.

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  • Labnuke99
    We also did the rebuild scenario at our Corporate data center. The old data center was not able to support the growth and ensure a good environment for the systems. It was easier and more cost effective for us to use existing unused space to build a personally owned/designed/managed solution rather than considering monthly costs for leasing outside space & services.
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