Looking for a Data Center RFP Template? Here is one at CyrusOne website

If you are looking for a Data Center RFP template, there is one you can download from CyrusOne website.



Data Center Colocation RFP: 
Request for Proposal Template

Choosing a data center facility for colocation can be a daunting task even for the most well-informed buyer.

This Data Center RFP template has been developed using the collective experience of industry experts who have spent years helping prospects scope out data center solutions, finalize contracts, and confirm the use of industry best practices.

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Download this Data Center RFP Template to ensure you're asking the right questions for your colocation needs

A data center RFP, or Request for Proposal, is a precise document used to vet potential data center providers on your company's specific requirements.  Using this Data Center RFP template enables you to edit or delete sections from the template to reflect your organization's pre-determined criteria and customize it to specific business needs.

Selecting the right data center provider is critical step toward successfully outsourcing some of your IT infrastructure needs.

This RFP template is designed to help, and includes the following:

  • Data Center Provider Overview – understand what key company information to analyze to get experience and stability
  • Building/Property – determine how to properly gather all the needed technical and design specs on the different facilities
  • Data Center Space – gather key measures for current and future needs
  • Electrical & Cooling Specifications – understand key specs to gather to properly plan for power densities, power density, redundancies, configurations, cooling output and more detection
  • Network Services – avoid being locked into expensive connectivity agreements with little flexibility around carriers
  • Data Center Systems/Personnel – ask the key questions on environmental and security monitoring systems and procedures
  • Risk Overview – get critical information about the facilities location, history, and access
  • Availability Review – determine if the data center can scale as your business grows
  • Professional Services – uncover key partnerships and services you may need in the future
  • Pricing and Terms – understand key lease differences and the hidden costs they contain


Yevginey Sevlik and others at Data Center Knowledge shift roles

The data center industry has seen changes and the media world shifts as well.  Recent LinkedIn updates show DatacenterKnowledge has a new editor in chief.


Yevgeniy Sverdlik has a new job.
Now Editor in Chief at Data Center Knowledge.
 Say congrats
Rich Miller has a new job.
Now Editor at Large at Data Center Knowledge.
 Say congrats

Matt Stansberry used to work for Tech Target, and is now with Uptime.

Kevin Heslin used to work for Mission Critical, and is now with Uptime.

DatacenterKnowledge is part of the iNet Interactive company which includes AFCOM and Data Center World.



AFCOM is the leading association supporting the educational and professional development needs of data center professionals around the globe. Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,500 member data centers and 40 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities and educational forums and resources through its bi-annual Data Center World Conferences, published magazines, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances.


Date Center Knowledge

Since 2005, Data Center Knowledge has provided senior IT and operations professionals, who build and manage data centers, daily news and analysis about the industry. It covers the latest developments and trends driving the powerful growth in demand for mission-critical facilities, the challenges and opportunities presented by high-density computing and its impact on power and cooling, and the evolution of the industry to include cloud computing and modular data centers.




Data Center World

Data Center World, operated by AFCOM, is the industry’s premier networking and educational conference. Thousands of data center and facility management professionals, from many of the largest corporations, government organizations, and academic institutions in the world attend Data Center World to share, discuss and learn about the latest data center products, trends, technologies, and best practices.

 Uptime Institute has research, publications, and events.  Uptime is owned by 451 Group.

Gartner has its research, publications and events.

The big three in data center media are iNet Interactive vs. 451/Uptime vs. Gartner competing for advertisers dollars who spend money on publications, research, and events.


Respecting the Brand, it is worth a lot of money

In the technology industry it is common for the companies to try and use the Brand name of another company to demonstrate credibility of their product/service.  Saying you provide services to X company verbally is the easiest thing to do.  Getting written approval approval is hard.

Interbrand just released the latest on the most valuable brands and Apple has now beat Coca-Cola.

Apple takes the #1 spot and Google jumps to #2 – the first brands to unseat Coca-Cola in the history of Best Global Brands

NEW YORK, New York (30 September 2013) – For the first time in the history of Interbrand’s Best Global Brands report, there is a new #1 brand: Apple. Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy, publishes Best Global Brands on an annual basis, identifying and examining the top 100 most valuable global brands. With Apple claiming the top position this year, Google jumps to #2 and Coca-Cola, the brand that held the #1 position for 13 consecutive years, moves to #3. This year, the total value of all 100 Best Global Brands is USD $1.5 trillion -- an 8.4 percent record increase over the total value of the 100 Best Global Brands in 2012.

Technology is dominating the fastest growing brands.

2013 TOP RISING BRANDS: Facebook, Google, Prada, Apple, Amazon

Facebook (#52, +43%): As the leading (and only) social media brand to claim a position on this year’s Best Global Brands ranking, Facebook has succeeded in boosting both revenue and earnings per share in the past year—and has surpassed Wall Street's expectations in the process. Facebook also increased its global user base by 26 percent since its IPO over a year ago. Around the world, the brand continues to see an increase in users, with the Asia-Pacific region experiencing the largest growth. Facebook’s mobile users also grew by 51 percent in the past year and mobile ads are poised to account for more than half of the social media giant's advertising dollars. With former Google executive Gary Briggs recently named the company's first CMO and by acquiring companies like Instagram, Facebook’s growth is likely to continue for years to come.

Google (#2, +34%): Due to evolutionary changes to its core offerings (Search, Android, and Gmail) and new innovations like Google Glass and its self-driving car, Google’s brand value increased by 34 percent – making it this year’s #2 brand and the second top rising brand after Facebook. By continuing to move beyond search and by placing big bets on innovation, Google will impact the way its consumers live and behave worldwide – and increase the value of its brand in the process.

Prada (#72, +30%): The iconic Italian luxury fashion brand emerged as Interbrand’s third top riser this year with a brand value increase of 30 percent—just behind top-rising technology brands Facebook and Google. Prada’s increase in brand value reflects the organization’s ability to strike a harmonious (and profitable) balance between honoring its Italian heritage and producing innovative and cutting-edge designs. By effectively intertwining its digital and physical touchpoints and with the Prada Foundation’s support of the art world, Prada has been able to engage with its customers in more meaningful ways – and expand its global footprint in the process.

Apple (#1, +28%): Despite having its reputation tarnished by patent spats with Samsung and the Foxconn labor conditions scandal, the Apple brand proved to be resilient and emerged as not only the leader in this year’s Best Global Brands report, but also a top riser. In addition to being resilient, Apple is also prescient – continually anticipating what consumers will want next. To maintain its #1 position over the next year, Apple will have to slow rival Samsung’s momentum in the mobile market and never lose sight of what it does best: “Think different.”

Amazon (#19, +27%): With a brand value increase of 27 percent, Amazon is a top riser in this year’s Best Global Brands report. The e-commerce innovator continues to differentiate itself from rivals by taking on initiatives such as Amazon Appstore, which provides a comprehensive mobile experience for Google Android devices. Amazon has also expanded into new businesses such as TV-set-top boxes, original programming, 3-D smartphones, the Kindle line of e-book readers, and same-day grocery delivery service. Such initiatives, if successful, could mean Amazon will play an even greater and more holistic role in its consumers’ future retail experiences.

Watch out thinking you can use a brand name without permission.  the Brand is worth billions of dollars.  And most don't want their brand used in ways that don't increase or preserve its value.


Consider that some of those in the data center industry who reference a big brand may not have current or much business with the brand. If they did, then they would most likely be asked to remove the brand from their presentations.

Sometimes the Environmental Group is wired for damage control, example China's Hydropower

The majority of corporations environmental groups are part of a marketing organization.  This group can be used to coordinate the grass roots efforts in the company as employees are passionate about making a difference in the world beyond just shipping their services.

Here is an example at eBay Green. https://twitter.com/eBayGreen

eBay Green

eBay Green


Join us to help the world buy, sell and think green every day!




But, sometimes the green efforts are primarily wired for damage control.  An example is here in this Economist article on China's hydroelectric dams.

Yet it does not matter how strong the case may be against Xiaonanhai, because the battle against a hydropower scheme in China is usually lost before it is fought. The political economy of dam-building is rigged. Though the Chinese authorities have made much progress in evaluating the social and environmental impact of dams, the emphasis is still on building them, even when mitigating the damage would be hard. Critics have called it the “hydro-industrial complex”: China has armies of water engineers (including Hu Jintao, the former president) and at least 300 gigawatts of untapped hydroelectric potential. China’s total generating capacity in 2012 was 1,145GW, of which 758GW came from coal-burning plants.


There is also a political reason why large hydro schemes continue to go ahead. Dambuilders and local governments have almost unlimited power to plan and approve projects, whereas environmental officials have almost no power to stop them.

Here is where damage control is used.

Environmental officials who have not been financially captured by the dambuilding economy find themselves as scarce as some of the fish they are charged to protect. Environmental activists, meanwhile, can request access to public records and demand public hearings, both required by law. But they say that these avenues are barred when they are most needed—on controversial projects that face vocal opposition. For example, the authorities have rejected requests for public records on Xiaonanhai and they have not granted a public hearing.

This is something I learned over 5 years ago when watching how one corporation had its environmental group set up, and I knew it was not really that interesting to me as they were like a faux green effort.

Warning playing yourself in the DC is not something you usually promote

The following is good for a laugh, and a different way to see a press announcement.

One of my data center friends sent this link to a DatacenterDynamics post.


Year-long data collection effort finds 19% efficiency gain

20 August 2013 by Yevgeniy Sverdlik - DatacenterDynamics

IO's modules deemed more efficient than IO's raised floor
An IO.Anywhere module

IO, data center provider known primarily for its modular offering IO.Anywhere, has conducted a comparison study to see which design approach – modular or traditional raised floor – is more energy efficient.


The provider has both types of data center space at its Phoenix facility, which it used to collect power usage data over a period of one year. IO handed this data to Arizona Public Service (APS), the electrical utility serving the area, for third-party evaluation.


The results, confirmed by APS, showed a 19% reduction in overall energy use by the modular solution over raised floor. The average annual Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of the raised-floor environment was 1.73, while the modular environment's PUE was 1.41.

So, if play by yourself you win.  Or do you lose as you accuse yourself of cheating? You argue you are playing fair.  Watch this video when a person plays by yourself.

I wonder how many of you out there will follow the lead of IO to play with yourself to outperform your past.




The press announcement says the new PUE saves 19% energy.

IO, a global leader in software-defined data centers, today announced that a third-party evaluation by Arizona Public Service (APS) showed that a modular data center technology installation in IO’s Phoenix facility has achieved 19% energy cost savings quantified by its improved Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratings.

1.73 - 1.41 = .32 / 1.73 = 19%

Another way to calculate the numbers is .73 for overhead - .41 = .32 divided by .73 = 44% reduction in power used by electrical and mechanical overhead.

If you are going to play by yourself to show you can beat yourself, it sounds better that there is 44% reduction in electricity in the power and mechanical systems.