The location and number of sites are the most important factors when making decisions about data centre expansion.


According to research by Sentrum about the main factors when making decisions about data centre expansion or consolidation, the number of sites to have (36 per cent) and location (32 per cent) received the highest results. Timescales (27 per cent) and the proximity to fibre (26 per cent) also scored highly, while the availability of power and real estate markets only received 16 per cent of the results.


However 85 per cent of respondents admitted that they were not considering all of the considerations while 47 per cent did not factor in any of the criteria when they were in the decision making process.


When it came to choosing help from a third party operator to assist in building or developing a data centre, the report showed that experience (58%) and cost (57%) are rated far higher than speed (18%).


Andy Ruhan, CEO at Sentrum, said: “Firms have a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the right data centre partner, as it is a significant commitment. Despite the initial lack of consideration to key criterion, the research goes on to show a positive shift in attitude when starting these projects as many are drawn to work with providers that display both maturity in the market and experience. This can only set to serve both parties well.