Data Center Audit Checklist

Utilize this Data Center Audit Checklist to evaluate and enhance operational aspects, ensuring adherence to security, efficiency, and quality standards.

Data Center Audit Checklist



Energy Efficiency

1. Do variable frequency drive chillers operate in the facility?


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2. Do variable frequency drive pumps operate in the facility?


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3. Do variable frequency drive air handlers operate in the facility?


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4. Are cabinets sealed?


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5. Is the roof insulated?


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6. Does the UPS have an eco mode?


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Location

1. Is the facility at a distance of 1+ miles from major roadways?


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2. Is the facility at a distance of 1+ miles from train tracks?


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3. Is the facility at a distance of 2+ miles from the airport?


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4. Is the facility located above the 500-year floodplain?


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5. Is the facility located outside an earthquake zone?


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6. Is the facility located outside a hurricane zone?


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7. Is the facility located outside a tornado zone?


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8. Is the facility located outside a blizzard/snowstorm zone?


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9. Is there proximity to hotels, restaurants, and retail?


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Staff Amenities

1. Does the facility have a loading dock?


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2. Is there a staging area?


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3. Are conference rooms available?


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4. Is dedicated office space available?


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5. Is dedicated storage space available?


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6. Is there a briefing/presentation room?


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7. Is the break room stocked with coffee, snacks, beverages, and MREs?


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8. Are cots available for overnight stays?


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9. Are showers on site?


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10. Is there a washer/dryer on-site?


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11. Are personal lockers available?


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12. Is the site easily accessible to staff via the airport and roadway?


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Company Profile

1. Does the facility have a track record of financial stability?


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2. Does it have 20+ years of experience as a data center operator?


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3. Is the core competency designing and operating data centers?


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4. Are data center staff not outsourced?


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5. Will solutions be customized for business needs?


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6. Does it offer a 100% uptime SLA?


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7. Can customer references be provided?


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Power

1. Are substation feeds dedicated to the data center facility?


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2. Is the substation fed by independent sources on the electrical grid?


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


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4. Is at least one feed underground and concrete-encased end-to-end?


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


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6. Is the maintenance bypass UPS protected?


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7. Is generator fuel stored on-site?


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8. Do generators run at least 48 hours at full load?


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9. Is the power system concurrently maintainable?


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Chilled Water Design

1. Is the chilled water design in place?


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2. Do water pipes run under the data center?


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3. Are there diverse water feeds?


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4. Is the condenser water system paralleled?


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5. Are chillers paralleled?


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6. Are chilled water pumps paralleled?


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7. Is the chilled water distribution triple-looped?


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8. Is the cooling system concurrently maintainable?


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Network & Connectivity

1. Is the facility carrier-neutral with access to at least 10 different carriers?


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2. Does it offer a high-quality blended internet service offering?


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3. Is there an internal meet-me-room or telecom exchange point?


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4. Is core network equipment protected from customer access?


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5. Are network conduits underground, or concrete-encased?


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6. Are there diverse network entry points?


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7. Are there diverse network feed paths?


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8. Is private data transport between data centers available?


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9. Is data transport diverse and redundant?


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10. Is there direct connectivity to major cloud providers?


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11. Is the network monitored from a provider-controlled Network Operations Center (NOC)?


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12. Will it provide connectivity to offices and other data centers?


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Compliance And Security

1. Is the facility SSAE 18 SOC Type I compliant?


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2. Is the facility SSAE 18 SOC Type II compliant?


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3. Is the facility ISO 27001 compliant?


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4. Is the facility PCI-DSS compliant?


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5. Is the facility HIPAA compliant?


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Scalability

1. Have owners/operators planned for future expansion?


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2. Is there sufficient space available for future expansion needs?


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3. Is there sufficient power capacity available for site expansion?


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Security

1. Is the facility staffed 24x7x365?


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2. Are security staff direct hires of the data center provider, not third-party?


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3. Is the facility protected by perimeter fencing?


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4. Is centralized security at loading docks and entry points?


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5. Is the security viewing area behind bulletproof glass?


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6. Is there a digital video recording of all personnel at all times?


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7. Is there a digital video recording of data halls at all times?


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8. Is digital video recording archived?


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9. Are there man traps?


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10. Is visitor tracking in place?


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11. Are private access control systems permitted for cages and cabinets?


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12. Are customer-defined access lists implemented?


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13. Is the gated entry monitored by onsite security?


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14. Is dual-factor authentication, including biometric screening, in place?


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15. Is mechanical plant equipment located outdoors fenced in and protected?


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Support & Services

1. Does the facility offer remote hands?


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2. Does the facility provide managed shipping and receiving?


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3. Are network engineers maintained on staff?


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4. Does the facility provide network management and network security services?


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5. Does the facility offer backup and disaster recovery services?


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6. Does the facility have 24x7x365 support?


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7. Does the facility offer cloud storage services?


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8. Does the facility provide cabling services?


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Building Structure

1. Is the foundation supported by underground piers?


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2. Are there no ramps up to the white floor?


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3. Was the building purpose-built to be a data center?


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4. Is each UPS system in a secure, isolated room?


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5. Are walls and the roof built to withstand 185+ mph winds?


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6. Are exterior walls concrete and at least 10 inches thick?


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7. Is the roof made of concrete and sealed?


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8. Does the slab design loading per sq ft reach at least 250 psf?


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9. Will the raised floor hold equipment racks weighing up to 4,000 lbs each?


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10. Are there at least 36 inches between the raised floor and the subfloor?


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