Five Step Process for Colocation and Data Center Evaluations

By: Independent Colocation Evaluators  02/24/2015
Keywords: Colocation, cloud data center assessments, cloud data center consultants,

The cornerstones of our five step evaluation process are transparency, verification, and accountability. The final data center ranking and recommendation is based on an independent evaluation and assessment. The five major steps are establish the business need, engage early, the professional team, independent evaluation and assessment report. Establish the Business Need: Change is constant with customer activity, IT equipment upgrades, security threats, facility maintenance, and infrastructure expansion. ICE evaluates data centers as built, managed, and operated. We match the business need with a design standard and performance prognosis. Engage Early: We engage early when companies are evaluating colocation and cloud projects. Initial project discussions should include setting the evaluation completion date, reviewing regulatory requirements, defining colocation or cloud data center requirements, mapping fiber and carrier options , determining service delivery obligations and reliability needs, matching data center requirements to a Tier level, reviewing the option of upgrading the existing data center, developing the initial Request For Proposal (RFP) and evaluating buy versus build, The Team: All the skills required for colocation and cloud data center evaluation are rarely available in-house or from a single company. Each assessment involves a number of credentialed evaluators depending on the client’s Tier requirement. Independent Evaluation: Evaluation of each data center under consideration is critical. Evaluation Cornerstones consist of Transparency. Our evaluators are independent. The evaluation process complements corporate procurement, conflict of interest policies, and ethics policies. The evaluation is design and vendor neutral with credentialed evaluators. The evaluation embodies the four-Tier standard, include assessment, has weighted results, is designed to avoid abuse, and includes accountability – Service Level Agreements (SLA) must reference the summary report, set performance expectations, and include constructive remedy. Report: Independent Colocation Evaluators raises the bar in data center evaluation. Our assessment process delivers data that supports colocation and cloud service data center ranking. A summary report presents the data center recommendation, and targets assessment subjects that need improvement so they can be captured in the SLA.

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