Why Select Build-to-Suit Data Centers?

This option can be a faster and more efficient path for many companies

As a business leader, you know you must focus on your firm’s core business. Therefore, let’s talk about how building data centers is typically not a core part of your business.

Internal resources are best used to improve current products, obtain new customers, develop new products, and optimize your customer’s experience. In other words, focused on the levers that drive profitability and competitiveness.

Building a data center is a time-consuming task. Here is just a partial list of the activities to manage when building a private data center:

  • Define requirements for the data center in terms of space, power, cooling, redundancy, etc.
  • Allocate capital for the project
  • Find a location
  • Negotiate a purchase and sale agreement
  • Negotiate with local and state governments to obtain zoning, site development, and environmental permits
  • Coordinate with local utility companies and network carriers to provide power and connectivity to the data center in a timely fashion

Release capital for more important needs – building your business

If your company had to make a choice between spending $50 million to either develop a new technology that could drive revenue for your company over the next 10 years or build a private data center – which would you choose?

Obviously, the better use of the $50 million is to drive business growth with the new technology. Avoid the heavy capital expenditure investment of a private data center. Spend that money on developing new technologies and products to generate returns for your investors.

Get a build-to-suit data center faster and at a cost lower than you can build yourself

Building a private data center takes a long time — typically 18 to 24 months or longer. By contrast, some data center providers can deliver a custom, build-to-suit data center in just three to six months. This ensures you have enough IT capacity to support your growing infrastructure demands.

The quicker you can complete a construction project, the less you pay in hourly labor rates and equipment rentals. Data center providers use standardized practices and streamlined construction techniques that enable them to complete build-to-suit projects much faster, which reduces construction costs. Since it costs less for the data center provider to build and operate build-to-suit facilities, it also costs less for customers to lease them.

Quickly add scale as needed and never worry about overbuilding

A huge risk when building a private data center is the risk of overbuilding. Companies will usually build a larger facility, with extra space, power, and cooling to support future IT expansions, but once the data center is finished, it may take several years to fill it up with IT equipment. During those years, you’re operating an underutilized asset that’s not generating the promised return on investment.

With modular power and cooling offered by data center providers, you can rapidly scale up to meet your company’s growing IT footprint. If you need an increase in power density, the provider can bring in additional power and cooling units and connect them to your facility with no impact on your current IT environment. What’s more, you don’t pay for additional power and cooling until you require it. You only pay for the power and cooling you are using now.

Maintain control over security and operations

When a build-to-suit data center project is completed, the facility operations are turned over to you, where you can then hire your own security and internal maintenance staff to manage your IT footprint within the data center.

Self-management can help ensure you meet your security requirements.

After analyzing the internal resources needed, capital costs, time-to-completion, required expertise and security and operational costs, it should become clear why it’s so important for companies to trust data center providers for their IT infrastructure needs.

Citadel has extensive partnerships with all the top-quality data center providers, especially those with outstanding build-to-suit capabilities. Let Citadel leverage our relationships to get you the best data centers at the lowest possible costs.

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