Data Center Assessment Checklist

Use the Data Center Assessment Checklist to evaluate data center eligibility and compliance with industry best practices and security standards.

Data Center Assessment Checklist



Security

1. Is the facility staffed 24/7/365?


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2. Is the facility protected by perimeter fencing?


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3. Is there centralized security at the loading docks and main entry points in the facility?


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4. Is there a digital video recording of all personnel at all times in the facility?


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5. Is the digital video recording of personnel activities archived?


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6. Are armed guards present?


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7. Is biometric verification used?


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8. Is there an authorized visitor list?


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9. Are keycards used?


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10. Are there any other certifications that the facility may have?


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Connectivity

1. Is the facility carrier-neutral?


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2. Is there a private data transport system between data centers?


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3. Is a blended internet service offered?


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4. Is there an internal meet-me-room (MMR) or telecom exchange point within the facility?


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5. Is the core network equipment protected from customer access?


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6. Are there dual paths established?


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7. Are there diverse paths established?


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8. Are there diverse entry points with a distance of at least 300 feet between them?


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9. Is data transport between facilities available?


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10. Is data transport both diverse and redundant?


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11. Are DDoS mitigation services available through partners?


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12. Is the 100% SLA on all elements of data center provider-supplied connectivity available through partners?


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Redundancy And Resiliency

1. Is there a disaster recovery plan provided, and are the results available?


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2. Is there a redundancy structure of 2N +1 available?


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Service & Support

1. Is shipping and receiving managed?


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2. Is there a chain of custody process in place for handling media?


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3. Is there a remote hands service available?


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4. Is there technical staff available?


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5. Is there access to managed service providers?


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6. Is there a rack and stack service available?


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7. Is cabling service provided?


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8. Is there a power cycling service available?


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9. Is there a staging area available?


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10. Is there secure storage or lockers available?


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11. Is there a meeting space available?


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12. Is there a break room available?


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Corporate Overview

1. Which year was the corporation founded?


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2. Is the company financially stable and profitable?


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3. Is the core focus on owning and operating data centers?


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4. Does the company have multiple data centers?


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5. Can the company provide references?


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6. Does the company have standardized data center hardware?


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7. Is the data center privately held?


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8. Is the data center publicly traded?


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Cost

1. What is the pricing structure?


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2. Is the contract term provided?


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3. What is the base price?


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4. What are the setup fees?


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5. What are the hourly fees?


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6. What are the service fees?


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7. What is the tax rate?


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Sustainability

1. Is the PUE score 1.59 or lower?


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2. Is the DCIE 67% or higher?


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3. Is there a renewable energy commitment?


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4. Is there a renewable procurement?


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5. What is the percentage of green energy?


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6. What are the emissions?


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7. Are there certifications or awards received?


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Business Requirements

1. Has the data center met the following requirements: • Legal • Regulatory • Statutory • Contractual


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Compliance & Certifications

1. Is the data center HIPAA compliant?


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2. Is the data center PCI-DSS compliant?


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3. Is the data center NIST Cloud compliant?


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4. Is the data center SSAE-16 compliant?


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5. Is the data center ISAE-3402 compliant?


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6. Is the data center ISO 27001 compliant?


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7. Is the data center NIST 800-53 compliant?


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8. Is the data center NIST 800-53 compliant?


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9. Is the data center ITIL compliant?


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Power

1. What is the total power capacity?


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2. What is the power density per rack?


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3. Is the UPS designed with a maintenance bypass, allowing live full replacement?


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4. Are there two independent substations in place?


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5. Is the substation feed dedicated to the data center facility?


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6. Are the substations fed by independent sources on the electrical grid?


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7. Do the substation feeds enter the property via diverse routes?


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8. Does each UPS have an A and B utility feed?


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9. Is the maintenance bypass UPS protected?


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10. Is there onsite underground storage for diesel fuel?


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11. Is the requirement for the data center's uptime specified as 99.99% or higher?


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Structure

1. What is the square footage of the data center?


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2. How many stories does the data center have?


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3. How many trucks or shipping bays are there?


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4. How many freight elevators are available?


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5. Is the data center a master-planned and purpose-built facility?


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6. Are the walls constructed to withstand winds up to 215 MPH?


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7. Do the walls have a minimum of 6 inches of concrete?


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8. Is the roof constructed with a minimum thickness of 6.5 inches of concrete?


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9. Does the raised floor have a point load capacity of at least 5,000 lbs?


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10. Is the data center using hot aisle/cold aisle containment?


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11. Is the data center using a water or air-cooled chilled water design?


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12. Is the data center located farther than one mile from a highway?


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13. Is the data center located farther than one mile from train tracks?


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14. Is the data center situated outside of moderate/high natural disaster risk zones?


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15. Is the data center easily accessible from both the airport and the highway?


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16. Is the data center located in the floodplain?


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17. Is there a fire suppression system installed?


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