What to do when business needs change.

Pivoting on a Dime

What is it they say about best-laid plans?

We’ve all been there before – just when you think everything in your data center project is going smoothly, something comes along and upsets the balance, sending you off into a million new directions. We recently experienced this very situation with a client which had a fully constructed data center that was re-allocated to a different business unit different from the original internal owner.

The original project was a 10,000 square foot suite fitup to support 350 medium density cabinets to be deployed in phases. The scope called for building out all the electrical distribution, overhead conveyance and structured cabling infrastructure ahead of time, so that as pre-configured cabinets arrived on site, it was simply a matter of ‘plug and play’ – i.e. plugging the cabinets into the pre-installed power receptacles and overhead network connections, and then bring them online. This would allow this client to expand their cloud infrastructure on a “just-in-time” basis.

However, life intervened. The client determined that a different cloud infrastructure environment would be required at this site, which had significantly different power distribution and connectivity requirements than the original design. Needless to say, this was a major turn of events and required the equivalent of turning around a large cargo ship in the middle of a storm.

We quickly realized things were in danger of getting a little messy. But the Instor team kept its cool and tapped into its knowledge base to solve the problem. To resolve the internal conflict, we pivoted with the client. With a deep understanding of the colocation facility, we guided the client to collaboratively bring all the teams together to realize an innovative solution that balanced the competing needs of low cost and fast deployment.

To find out what how the problem was solved, click below or here to read the full case study.