On Memorial Day, May 27th 2013 Jason Verge from Data Center Knowledge wrote an article reviewing a survey and report titled “Data Center Risk Index 2013 Edition” by Cushman & Wakefield, hurleypalmerflatt and Source8.
Once again the United States has topped the list as the best place in the world to build a data center. Contributing factors seem to be our abundance of internet bandwidth, lower risk of natural disasters, labor cost, stability of power grid and ease of doing business. Interestingly enough Jason points out that the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Virginia are the two locations specifically mentioned as hotspots in the report. This makes sense because they are both centrally located, however I am rather surprised there wasn’t any mention of the Midwest or the Northeast. As a company every time we attend a data center tradeshow there are always representatives from one of the states in the Midwest manning a booth. The goal of these representatives is to convince companies to look into their state as an option for their new data center projects. It’s hard to deny the cheaper cost of land, utilities and labor. Additionally the climate is very conducive to preventing heat related outages and helpful for those that want to integrate free air cooling into their design. The lack of natural disasters in that region is also an attractive point. I do not recall the source but remember reading an article last year that pointed towards the Dakota’s and Wyoming as the best states for a data center when all of those factors are taken into consideration. The Northeast also seems to be a viable option for new data center builds. This is especially true in Western New York where we are located. The cooler year round climate means fewer issues in the warmer months. To reinforce this many large companies have built data centers in the Buffalo region recently.
Shifting from the United States, it is interesting that the article highlights Sweden’s jump from 8th to 3rd. Once again, political and economic stability as well as climate really seem to be the pushing force behind the rating and the large jump from last year’s rating. Japan’s rating of 26th was surprising at first but seems to make sense given its natural disasters and current economic struggles.
In any case it will be interesting to see how ratings shift over the next couple years as politics, economics, infrastructure and weather change often.
If you are interested in reading the article it can be found here: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2013/05/27/united-states-remains-the-best-place-to-build-a-data-center/