Comparing data center colocation pricing quotes from multiple data center vendors can be a daunting task. Each company uses a different pricing methodology and billing model. You may be even comparing apples to oranges, as pricing is based on complex service and data models. StrataCore can simplify this process and ensure you get the best price for the services that suite the needs of your business by normalizing the unit price across the different models.
Power is one of the most important components that must be examined when comparing data center facilities. You must understand the many ways power is calculated and sold to truly compare facilities on an apples-to-apples basis. There are at least a dozen different ways in which data center providers define watts per square foot related to their power density. Unfortunately, some provider definitions are designed to mislead the client.
StrataCore's custom sourcing process can help to clarify how much you are buying, and at what price to ensure you provision your IT resources appropriately to get the most for your money.
Below is an example of four common definitions of data center billing models:
- Watts per square foot equals max breaker capacity at 100% of the A and B circuits (this is most misleading and favors the provider)
- Watts per square foot equals max breaker capacity at 100% of just the A circuits (this is misleading and favors the provider)
- Watts per square foot equals max breaker capacity at 80% of just the A circuits (more reasonable and realistic but still favors the provider)
- Watts per square foot equals max actual consumable power, not dependent on breaker capacity. The client is allowed to overbuild circuits and is billed on a true metered power basis (this favors the client)