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Do Your Homework Before Building Backup Data Center

Written by  Tad Davies November 22, 2007

Your company has decided to build a backup data center and it is your responsibility to lead the project team. Now, there is pressure to get the project under way. Your first inclination might be to consider possible locations. Stop! Planning will save you a lot of time and stress. Before we talk about the issues and what your plan or program should look like, let’s review the benefits of having a well-defined program. A program improves decision-making. Potential locations and decisions are measured against established criteria, not criteria that change with time or as your team looks at different locations. A program accelerates the decision making process. Some key decisions become apparent during this exercise. On-going decisions are made in the context of how they meet the needs of the program. A program enables faster response to opportunities. Inevitably, there will come along a “sweet deal” that, if acted upon quickly, has

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