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Data Centers

Risk Assessment: The Key to Successful Data Center Planning and Design

Mike Zarrilli, Executive Director, Data Center Solutions, Johnson Controls (Q4 2019)

Those planning a data center facility must consider not only geographic and security risks, but also the threat presented by acoustics from fire suppression and other systems. More

Defining Key Siting Criteria Will Lead to a Perfect Location Match

Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. and Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. (Q2 2019)

If site selectors take the time to identify and communicate their key criteria to economic developers — who take the time to listen — the end result will be a perfect match! More

How to Build a Data Center and Keep the Lights On

Steven Cooke, Managing Director, USA West Region, Linesight (Data Centers 2019)

The data center building process is extremely complex, requiring careful planning with input from experts in wide-ranging fields. More

Edge Planning Considerations in Data Center Development

Allen Tucker, Managing Director and Leader of Mid-Atlantic Data Center Solutions, JLL and Chris Curtis, SVP, Development and Acquisitions, Compass Datacenters (Data Centers 2019)

Low-latency requirements, which surpass the capabilities of centralized cloud-delivered services and data centers, have given rise to the need for smaller data centers, deployed at the edge of their networks. More

Due Diligence in Today’s Site Selection World

Sarah White, Director, Quest Site Solutions (Q4 2018)

You’ve made your list — now check it twice for ownership issues and site suitability, as well as workforce and financial considerations. More

Avoid Costly Data Center Blunders

Todd Smith, Chief Technology Officer, Data Center Solutions, Transwestern and C. Andrew Marcus, National Director, Data Center Solutions, Transwestern (Data Centers 2018)

Investors, operators, and end-users alike must identify true costs and investigate available options before committing to a new or existing strategy in the rapidly evolving data center industry. More

Use Dictates the Parameters in Data Center Design and Construction

Chris Kincaid, Senior Vice President, Design & Construction, Stream Data Centers (Data Centers 2018)

How does an experienced data center developer meet the challenges of today’s diverse design and construction requirements? More

The Surge of Hyperscale Data Centers

Will Steffens, Principal, Sugarloaf Associates LLC and Timothy Comerford, Senior Vice President, Biggins Lacy Shapiro (Data Centers 2018)

Large content enterprise users are building data center complexes around the world, with nearly half in the U.S., and many in secondary markets. More

Six Factors to Consider When Selecting a Location for a Mission-Critical Data Center

Mark Bauer, Managing Director and Co-Lead Data Center Solutions , JLL (Data Centers 2017)

When searching for a location for their next data center, companies need to take a holistic view of the process, prioritizing and balancing all the factors involved in site selection. More

Credit & Incentive Trends in Landing a Data Center

Christine Bustamante, National Co-Leader, Global Location and Expansion Services, State and Local Tax, KPMG LLP and Erica Fowler-Johnson, Manager, State and Local Tax, KPMG (Data Centers 2017)

Tax incentives have played a key role in differentiating potential data center facility locations. More

Tackling The Risk Factors of Third-Party Data Centers

Sean Brady, Managing Director, Tenant Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Data Centers 2017)

Third-party data center users need to assemble an experience team — including IT professionals, engineers, real estate advisors, attorneys, and others — to help reduce risks on all fronts. More

Data Center Outsourcing Trending Up

Kristina Metzger, Advisory & Transaction Services, Data Center Solutions Group, CBRE  and Jeff West, Research Director, Data Center Solutions Group, CBRE (Data Centers 2017)

Corporate data center sales volume is on the rise as enterprise moves to colocation and the cloud continue. More

Utility Companies: Powerful Economic Development Partners

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Directory 2017)

Utility economic development organizations can bring a lot to the table during the corporate location process, especially in terms of technical expertise along with strategic and project-level funding. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #4: Occupancy OR Construction Costs

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2016)

It’s easy to see why occupancy or construction costs are a factor that a lot of people are keeping an eye on...these costs are trending upward. More

Cloud Adoption Multiplying Data Center Demand

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2016)

The rising reliance on digital content and data sovereignty laws are driving demand for data center space. More

In Focus: To Address Energy Goals, Remember the Building Envelope

Darlene Pope, Senior Vice President, JLL Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL (Q3 2016)

A preventative approach from the outside in draws on roofs, walls, and windows to save energy. More

The Importance of Energy and ICT Infrastructure in Site Selection as Cloud Computing Broadens

Larry Gigerich, Managing Director , Ginovus (Q1 2016)

Reliance on a community’s telecom and energy infrastructure has heightened the importance of these factors in the location decision-making process for both the providers and users of cloud computing services and the IoT. More

The C-Suite Perspective on Data Center Location

Kristina Metzger, Advisory & Transaction Services, Data Center Solutions Group, CBRE  and James McCarthy, Advisory & Transaction Services, Data Center Solutions Group, CBRE (Data Centers 2016)

Allowing ample time for evaluation, while weighing risks against costs, will result in choosing the optimum data center location. More

Redefining Data Center Resiliency

Rajan Battish, Vice President and Director, Mission Critical Group, CallisonRTKL (Data Centers 2016)

Data center operators, faced with the challenge of providing resiliency for these mission-critical facilities while lowering costs, need to evaluate the TCO. More

Data Center Development and Financing Strategies

Gregory Burkart and Laca Wong-Hammond, Managing Directors, Duff & Phelps, LLC and Stephen E. Friedberg, Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (Data Centers 2016)

Industry-specific factors to examine when evaluating data center locations include power needs/costs, scalability, and security; and carefully examine financing strategies for these capital-intensive investments as well. More

Data Center Demand Emerges Throughout New Locations in North America

Area Development Research Desk (Directory 2016)

Data centers are key economic drivers in markets within which they operate, and operators have looked to be more efficient with their locations, expanding into regions with more flexible utility costs, incentives packages or lower taxes. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #9: Energy Availability & Costs Leading Companies To Reshore

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2015)

Competitively priced energy is having a transformative effect on the U.S. economy. More

Expanding the Cloud: The Top Data Center Markets in North America

Area Development Research Desk (Data Centers 2015)

The data center market is seeing high demand and low price. The competitive pricing is due in part to the large number of options available, yet the industry is expected to enjoy 32 percent growth in North America by 2016, ultimately becoming a $14.8 billion market. More

The Changing Landscape of Data Centers

Jason Shepard, Managing Principal, Cresa Mission Critical Solutions (MCS) (Data Centers 2015)

Identifying the type of data center operator and understanding the purpose of the facility are critical to getting the right information to the stakeholders responsible for making a location decision. More

Navigating Data Center Site Selection and Design

Bob Marsh, Director, Turner & Townsend Ferzan Robbins (Data Centers 2015)

Each data center’s design will vary according to its end user, and each developer will have a different mix of priorities — from baseline cost to security and transport links — ensuring that no two projects will be the same. More

The Mystery Impact of Data Centers on Local Economies Revealed

John Lenio, Economist and Managing Director, Economic Incentives Group (EIG), CBRE  (Data Centers 2015)

Although they do not create as many permanent jobs as other types of projects, capital investment in data centers can be quite substantial, justifying large incentives offerings. More

Energy Costs and Strategies for the Data Center Market

Will Steffens, Principal, Sugarloaf Associates LLC (Data Centers 2015)

Data center operators need to not only analyze and monitor their energy usage but also constantly evaluate their energy procurement. More

Parameters to Consider in the Data Center Location Decision

Rajan Battish, Vice President and Director, Mission Critical Group, CallisonRTKL (Data Centers 2015)

While power, connectivity, and cooling systems appear to be the primary concerns, natural hazards and other factors must also be evaluated. More

Regional Report: Tax and Incentives Advantages in Plains States’ Encourage Investment in Renewable Energy and Life Sciences

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2015)

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s Kansas home is blown away by a powerful tornado. Today, this prairie state is harnessing its wind power for economic development gain. And, the generally low tax environment and plentiful incentives are encouraging investment in renewable energy, life sciences, other R&D throughout all of the plains states. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #5: Advanced ICT - Companies Look to Visionary Locales

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

The rise of “big data” in nearly every industry vertical has promoted continued importance of a robust information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure as a site selection factor. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #10: Energy Availability and Costs Losing Currency

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

The cost and availability of energy has been dropping in importance as a site selection factor, ranking #10 in the 2013 Area Development Corporate Survey, down from its #6 position a year earlier. The drop seems to reflect a persistent weakness in natural gas prices as well as a steady rise in alternative-energy capabilities across the country. More

Primer: The Impact of Taxes & Incentives on Data Center Locations

Chris Schastok, Vice President, Economic Incentives Group (EIG), CBRE, Inc. and John Lenio, Economist and Managing Director, Economic Incentives Group (EIG), CBRE  (Q1 2014)

Many states and communities are using incentives to lure data centers and establish clusters of these facilities, which, in turn, stand to benefit from tax breaks and cash grants for necessary infrastructure improvements. More

Determining Facility Requirements for Mission-Critical Data Centers

Tracey Hyatt Bosman, Managing Director and Midwest Practice Leader, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Although there is no perfect data center site, by vetting prospective sites to see if they meet specific requirements, a company can find one as close to ideal as possible. More

Markets Matter in the Data Center Location Decision

Thomas Traugott, Senior Vice President, Cassidy Turley (Q2 / Spring 2013)

An understanding of the data center marketplace and its supply/demand dynamics will help both site selectors and their attractors move beyond the checklist and find the right fit. More

The Electric Utility and Data Center Interface – Things to Consider

Will Steffens, Principal, Sugarloaf Associates LLC (Q1 / Winter 2013)

Mission critical and data center site selectors and operators must be aware of the many utility variables that will impact the site location decision. More
Costs Falling, Investment  Rising in Midwest Data Centers

Costs Falling, Investment Rising in Midwest Data Centers

Reeder Holiman, Senior Vice President; Brian Ginkel, Vice President; Ann Marie Woessner-Collins, Managing Director; Bo Bond, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle (Fall 2012)

Recent legislative changes resulting in tax savings, coupled with low utility rates and the ability to cool with outside air, are substantial cost advantages and merit study when selecting a data center site. More

Critical Factors: The Data Center Location Decision

Larry Gigerich, Managing Director , Ginovus (April 2012)

Energy and construction costs, telecom infrastructure/reliability, and the risk of natural disasters take on added importance when selecting a location for a new data center facility. More

Data Center Scalability in a Highly Unpredictable World

Elizabeth A. Fetter, President and CEO, NxGen Modular (2012 Directory)

Forward-thinking IT executives must rethink conventional approaches to how they develop their data centers. Organizations must be nimble enough to quickly and inexpensively deploy reliable data capabilities. More

Facility Management: Getting Ready for Moving to the Cloud

Dan Calabrese (2012 Directory)

With more and more companies moving their information to the cloud, how will facility IT infrastructure be affected? More

What's Important in the Data Center Location Decision?

Thomas Freeman, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle and Jason Warner, Managing Director, Mission Critical Solutions Group, Jones Lang LaSalle (Spring 2011)

Energy reliability and costs weigh heavily on the data center location decision, but tax incentives may ultimately come into play as well. More

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