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Whitepaper: Considerations for Owning versus Outsourcing Data Center Physical Infrastructure

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Executive Summary

When faced with the decision of upgrading an existing data center, building new, or leasing space in a retail co-location data center, there are both quantitative and qualitative differences to consider. The 10-year total cost of ownership (TCO) may favour upgrading or building over outsourcing, however, this paper demonstrates that the economics may be overwhelmed by various strategic factors.

This paper discusses how to assess these key factors to help make a sound decision.

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