Data Center Request For Proposal (RFP) Template

Download Complimentary Data Center RFP Template

Many firms choose to outsource their data center facility operations to a third party. Developing and managing the data center request for proposal (RFP) process is critical in ensuring you select a data center that is operated and maintained efficiently and effectively.

Poorly written and managed RFPs can make data centers costlier to run and increase risk of downtime. Whether driven by finances, expansions, consolidation, disaster recovery planning or simply wanting to focus resources on core competencies, moving all or a portion of your data center operations to a third-party data center, or colocation, provider is a smart move.

The LOGIX Fiber Network Data Center request for proposal (RFP) template is available as a complimentary resource to firms evaluating data centers to help them present their colocation requirements to data centers in Texas.

It is a collection of best practices from industry experts including several of the largest enterprise data center providers, leading data center and colocation trade journals, research analysts, active data center managers, and enterprise IT leaders. All have spent years delivering data center and colocation solutions and offer guidelines that businesses should consider when scoping colocation requirements and evaluating providers.

How to Use a Data Center RFP Template

Using a Data Center RFP Template to select the right provider is a critical step toward successfully outsourcing some of your IT infrastructure needs. Simply edit or delete sections from the template to reflect your firm’s pre-determined criteria and customize it as needed.

The RFP template includes the following information:

  • Desired Requirements: Learn how to outline your business requirements to ensure the data center provider can accommodate your needs.
  • Data Center Provider Overview: Request critical information to ensure the provider is experienced and offers a stable data hosting environment.
  • Facility: Guidelines on how to gather all the required technical and design specs.
  • Electrical and Cooling Specifications: Lists key specs to gather to plan for power density and redundancy needs, and more.
  • Network Services: Learn how to avoid being locked into expensive connectivity agreements that offer limited flexibility.
  • Data Center Personnel: Lists key questions to ask about staffing as well as on-site environmental and security procedures.
  • Availability Review: Explains how to ensure the data center can scale as your business grows.
  • Professional Services: Learn about key partnerships and services you may need in the future.
  • Pricing and Terms: Understand important lease differences and hidden costs to look for in contracts and pricing agreements.

About the Author

The RFP template was created by Scott Brueggeman, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at LOGIX Fiber Networks, and is based on his 20+ years of technology and data center experience. Most recently he was COO for a data center hosting provider and CMO and Inside Sales leader at CyrusOne where he helped the team grow revenues more than three-fold. He was also an executive at CoreLink, which was acquired by Zayo, and held management positions at CareerBuilder and AT&T.

About Logix

LOGIX Fiber Networks is an established fiber‐based network infrastructure operator that operates data centers in Texas (Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin). LOGIX provides highly-secure fiber-based data and voice services as well as data center access to over 10,000 enterprise and carrier customers. Known for its outstanding local customer service, flexible connectivity options, and best-in-class reliability, LOGIX’s built-for-business fiber network delivers the reliability customers need so they can focus on business.

Contact us to learn more about evaluating colocation requirements and data centers in Texas.