How much land does a data center need? Size matters for data centers — end users generally need at least two buildings on a site to take advantage of efficiencies in utilities, security and proximity to other data centers. A good target site footprint for two such buildings is 40 acres, and many developers are looking for sites that are hundreds of acres.
What is the best location for a data center? Ideally, the best location in a building for a data center (a high reliability data center) is in a single-story, detached building with no functions (other than IT and tech support) in the facility. Though often the data center is usually located in a multi-purpose facility for cost reasons.
How expensive is a data center? The average yearly cost to operate a large data center ranges from $10 million to $25 million. A little less than half is spent on hardware, software, disaster recovery, continuous power supplies and networking. Another large portion goes toward ongoing maintenance of applications and infrastructure.
Where do data centers need to be located? In theory, a data center can be built anywhere with power and connectivity, but in reality, location has an impact on the quality of service that the facility is able to provide to its customers. Connectivity, for example, is a cooperative venture which relies on proximity.