Feasibility Studies

Data centre feasibility studies cover a number of areas and can include equipment upgrades, free cooling or energy efficiency initiatives, new build projects, relocations and refurbishments.

The purpose of these studies is to establish both the risk and value a potential project will bring to an organisation or facility.  Understanding the impact on your organisation of a change to its critical data centre infrastructure in terms of time and cost allows you to decide the correct route going forward.

Establishing overall investment, and the returns it will provide, is often the first step in deciding whether a project will happen. Having an understanding of these factors and guidance from an experienced and innovative team will ensure you have all the information you need.

Methodology

The first step is to have a free consultation meeting with one of our Pre-Sales Consultants. This will establish what type of study is required, what you want to learn and gain from it.

The type of feasibility study required will have a huge influence on how it is delivered. Studies that evaluate the upgrade or replacement of specific data centre equipment will be led by a Solution Specialist such as an in-house Electrical or Mechanical Design Engineer. This Engineer will work alongside a Design Consultant to ensure that both a specialist detailed view of the equipment is provided in conjunction with a broad holistic view of the larger facility.  This provides a balanced perspective and ensures the upgrade of one element or elements does not detrimentally affect another part of the data centre. These studies add value when equipment is reaching the end of its life or when a client wants to drive down operational costs and improve energy efficiency.

Studies that evaluate the feasibility of a construction project or refurbishment are led by a Design Consultant who in turn works with a team of Design and Project Engineers. In this instance the overall focus of the study is the facility in its entirety; however individual attention is paid to each specialist element such as power, cooling, data cabling and so on.

Output

The output of the studies is a feasibility report. This will cover the risk and opportunities presented by the project in question. It will include factors the client should be aware of in terms of costs, risk, resources required, energy savings and or operational expenditure. This information is presented in a written report which includes a management summary with conclusions and recommendations.  It also provides some or all of the following, in accordance with the client’s brief; the benefits and risks of undertaking the project, cost estimates (CAPEX, OPEX and “whole life”) with comparisons between alternative methods of achieving the same goals, return on investment and pay back periods, equipment and performance specifications, layout drawings, power consumption, energy efficiency and CO2 emission projections for various levels of utilisation, acoustic information, planning permission guidance, advised procurement options and more.