Fundamentals of Managing the Data Centre Life Cycle for Owners

By Patrick Donovan

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Executive summary

Just as good genes do not guarantee health and wellbeing, a good design alone does not ensure a data centre is well-built and will remain efficient and available over the course of its life span. For each phase of the data centre’s life cycle, proper care and action must be taken to continuously meet the business needs of the facility. This paper describes the five phases of the data centre life cycle, identifies key tasks and pitfalls, and offers practical advice to facility owners and management.


However long a data centre owner requires their facility to last; the physical infrastructure systems are expected to continuously live up to the facility design’s performance specifications even as business and IT requirements change. Management’s understanding of the data centre life cycle phases and their interconnectedness helps ensure this happens. Understanding the bigger picture – what occurs in each of the phases, what the key management tasks are, what pitfalls exist, and how one phase impacts the next – can help organisations achieve their data centre’s cost, speed of deployment, availability, and efficiency goals. This paper seeks to provide data centre owners and managers with this understanding.

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