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Executive Brief: How to Think About Data Center Planning

Executive Brief: How to Think About Data Center Planning
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According to The Data Center Journal, data center investments in the U.S. reached record levels — more than $20 billion. But how should your company approach a data center investment? Is it a technology investment or a real estate investment?

At Stream, we believe companies benefit strategically when they view a data center as two investments in one. On one hand, technological considerations, like accessibility and reliability of data are of critical importance as they affect operational efficiency. Imagine a company deciding to migrate its workload to the cloud – here, technology would be a key factor behind whether they establish on or off-premise solutions. However, the fact remains that a lot goes into establishing and running a successful data center besides the technology it houses. From decisions about location to whether a company leases or buys space, data centers also have complex real estate and financial ramifications. As a result, integrating both views – the technological and the real estate – into the equation is the right way forward.

In our latest executive brief, we’ve asked Paul Moser, Co-Managing Partner, and Michael Lahoud, Chief Operating Officer and Partner, to discuss the real estate and technological aspects of data center decisions, making a case for each. As you’ll see, the two are hard to separate – but then again, they should go together. Wherever your company is at in your data center decision-making process, make sure you leverage providers like Stream, who can bridge both viewpoints with deep-seated expertise and offerings that meet your needs today and tomorrow.

Download the brief here and feel free to reach out to us with your questions.

About Our Contributor

Michael Lahoud

Co-Managing Partner & Chief Operating Officer
Michael drives and implements Stream’s overall business strategies and technical go-to-market offerings, with responsibility for site development, design and construction, supply chain and operations. Read More