Just as good genes do not guarantee health and wellbeing, a good design alone does not ensure a data centre is well-built and will remain efficient and available over the course of its life span. For each phase of the data centre’s life cycle, proper care and action must be taken to continuously meet the business needs of the facility. This paper describes the five phases of the data centre life cycle, identifies key tasks and pitfalls, and offers practical advice to facility owners and management.

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