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    Looking to start up a data center.


    Hey there, I have been lurking around for some time now reading and reading and there are somethings that I just could not find directly, so I was hoping that someone here could help me locate the information that I am looking for.

    (I know this might look like something that has been answered over and over again, but I am just trying to fish for the best answers as possible from everywhere)

    Currently where I work we specialize in Server Sales (We are the warehouse that sells direct), network installation and networking/server management.

    We have a warehouse and then a building in back that we are looking at transform into a server housing unit. There is work that needs to me be done still, but I am looking to doing my complete homework before then.

    If you can give me some information that I can read up on (as I am headlining this project) or some direct information, please let me know. Thanks.
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    Originally Posted by huntty
    I think you'd be better to contact the big company that provides co-location services. Say ServerPoint.com is an old company that has a long history in providing co-location services. They have their own datacenter that helps them to provide their services on the high level. You'll find a lot of important info on their web site.
    Thanks for the info, but it's something that my boss has his sights set on for a while, money is not a problem and we have the workforce lined up to get everything going. I have already looked into co-location, but besides offering it ourselves, we want to do this for our own.

    And I did find some stuff on WHT about it as well. Something to let you all read/know, it's in the [Web Hosting Tutorials] section on the site. (I cannot post hyperlinks)
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    You say money is not a problem. One would hope I can tell you to setup a datacenter with all the correct equipment you are probably looking at around $1 million. And on top of that you will have the cost of all the fiber lines to provide a connection to the world.
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    is a good idea , but i'm afraid the costs are very high , if you have enough money just do it
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    i think there are like three big providers of internet oc3 lines and such...plus a dozen or so other services.

    check oline for monthly costs and such

    do not know how many 10s or 100s of thousands all the proper equipment will cost, or the cost to bring the line to you.

    I suggest hiring a very good tech admin to help you get the right equip. and set it up. I would not pay less than 150k a year to find someone...and really check the background before hire.

    please post a blog on how you did it, we would all love to kow what and how you did it.....serious.
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    Its very costly, you will need raised floors, server racks, fire detection, fire surpression, routers, cables, backbone providers, generators, a server control room, security, hardware firewalls, etc etc. The list could go on.
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    No offense, but if you are asking how to start a datacenter in a web forum, you aren't going to have any luck. There might be 1 member in this whole forum who has ever started their datacenter and I doubt they will find your post. You should look into hiring a professional to draw something up for you. I dont know what you would call them though. Maybe a ...master datacenter man lol
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    I have Developed a few datacenters around the world and I do know that if you are serious about this then you need to hire a company that specializes in this...Data centers are costly, but it can be done and not overnight either, the expected time frame from inception to deploy is around 2 years the cost ranges from 1 million to 100 million depending on the type of center you are looking to be.

    There are ways of raising capital for these projects as normally when a datacenter is built it is done with many companies adding there wants and cash into it, also there are other concerns many of them that you will fall over on the way, that is why you need a company that does nothing but this work....

    Good Luck
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    Data Center


    I am no expert on this subject, but like you I have read many things about data centers. First of all I have no idea what exactly your needs are as far as a large amount of servers or just a couple racks. The best thing to do with making a decent data center on a budget would be to get some racks (try ebay or craigslist) and see about servers from Dell, IBM, or HP (I don't like Dell but that's just me) you will also need some cisco routers that can handle a good load and get some spools of of cat5E or cat6 and a kit to crimp and test them and some rj-45 connectors.
    You can manage the servers with some kvm switches and a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Get some rack power strips and a small HVaC unit and a fiber provider or some dedicated T1 lines and you will have a small data center. Check out Ebay, craigslist, Newegg and google searches for good deals on the equipment.
    This will not be by any means a pro data center but it will be able to host some web servers, exchange servers, storage servers, and whatnot.

    I hope it helps,
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    did u finally get it started?


    I have helped to build, relocate, and manage datacentres. Think I have a pretty good understanding on how to cut costs. Let me know if you still want input on this idea. The biggest cost in hot climate is cooling. You can get power cheap. Network access and resillience has greatly improved and is cheaper.
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    instead of setting up the new data center , i suggest you to go for "Dedicated Hosting"
    or if you the strong commitment to go for own data center.
    Then i suggest you to go as production server and test all things.
    After 4-5 months of smooth operation you can go for your own.

    Congrats
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    I would recommend contacting a company solution that specialise in Data Center Designing. Those company's makes sure that your data center has everything you need and will organise everything for you.

    Try find if there is a local company for you.

    http://www.42u.com/cooling/computer-room-cooling.htm

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