Data Center TCO (total cost of ownership)

When considering using a co-location facility it may seem that per rack and power fees are cost prohibitive. In reality, using a co-location facility can provide one of the best ROI’s of any project you can take on.

Here is a conservative estimate To build a small 5 to 10 rack data center with Cooling, Power (UPS + Generator), Fire Suppression and Security at a Tier 1 level you will spend:

Costs to build

Building Space = 250 – 500 square feet at 20 per square foot per year = $416 to $833 per month
Cooling = $150,000 to $250,000 depreciated over 10 years = $1250 to $2083 per month
UPS = $85,000 to $100,000 depreciated over 7 years (you will have to replace the batteries in 3 to 5 years too) = $1012 to $1190 per month
Generator = $100,000 to $150,000 depreciated over 10 years = $833 to $1250 per month
Fire Suppression = $50,000 to $75,000 depreciated over 10 years = $416 to $625 per month
Security = $10,000 depreciated over 7 years = $119 per month
Total Fixed costs before Maintenance = $4046 to $6100 per month

Maintenance Costs

Cooling (power and maintenance) = $400 to $750 per month
UPS = $400 to $750 per month
Generator = $300 to $500 per month
Power = $200 to $250 per rack = $1000 to $2500 per month
Total Ongoing Maintenance = $2100 to $4500 per month

Soft Costs (labor)

Build Labor (about 1000 hours of management time) over 10 years = $625 per month
20 to 40 hours per month = $1500 to $3000 per month
Total per month costs for 5 to 10 rack data center = $8271 to $14,225 or $1,654 to $1,422 a rack

 

Our Co-location Data Centers are priced on a per rack basis using the following methodology:

Number of Racks +
Option – self provided rack or OGO provided rack

Power
(L5-20 is included – L5-30 or L6-30 are additional installation and monthly fees)

Includes Labor
Smart Hands – A portion of smart hands or remote hands is included

Other Options (for additional fees)

  • Solution Design
  • Move
  • Ongoing Maintenance
  • Caged Space
  • Cross Connects
  • Connectivity (bandwidth, VPNs, etc.)

Generally, rack space works out to about $1000 to $1500 a month per rack – it can be cheaper or more expensive based on power density.