Infrastructure Cost Perspectives: Cloud, Colocation, Build-To-Suit

In today’s world an Infrastructure Demand Response (iDR) approach to data center capacity management of application workloads and physical infrastructure is key to cost and risk management.

“Demand Response” has been used for decades in the power industry to manage just-in-time power resources to fulfill demand. This approach in the power industry is analogous to the data center industry.

The following chart illustrates the relative cost in $/kw and time-to-market for the data center infrastructure stack, from hyper-scale build-to-suit to Cloud solutions. The $/kw prices depicted are representative of average market costs and can be highly variable dependent on many factors.

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