September 3, 2019

Design & Deployment for CyrusOne

by: Align

The Situation
A large cloud services firm signed a lease with CyrusOne for a 7MW data center suite in Chandler, Arizona. Align was tasked with leading the design and deployment of this IT-ready data center.                       

GroundConstruction kick-off

  Power CommissioningPower commissioned   Cabinets_Power BusCabinet-level power complete

The Challenge
The data center construction had a contracted completion within 180 days — 107 days from Greenfield to commissioned power which would allow the client to begin installing cabinets and building out their technology infrastructure.

The Solution
CyrusOne ordered the long-lead items immediately and began scheduling the labor and materials needed to meet the milestone dates. Align coordinated with the contractors to understand the data center client’s technology infrastructure fit-out requirements and delivery dates.

Once the team had client-specific technology needs in hand, Align designed the infrastructure requirements that allowed for the construction team to build out the site to correspond with client specifications. The careful coordination permitted our technology fit-out work to begin well ahead of normal construction commissioning — a key milestone of the project.


Further complexity was added to the build as the client required their network equipment to be brought online ahead of the completion of the standard technology fit-out. Align and CyrusOne worked with the client to prioritize areas for equipment-ready service. The collaboration, driven by our flexibility and out-of-the-box thinking, met timelines and provided the client with the clean environment needed to complete their tasks.


The Results

Our joint team had only one goal in mind: to deliver a fully functioning, state-of-the-art IT-ready data center for the client. While different members handled different aspects of the project, each team communicated their progress and milestones to allow seamless transitions between the construction and technology infrastructure milestones. Our extensive data center experience, coupled with tight collaboration and flexible planning, enabled the client to move into the data center on time, within budget and in a space that met all the project requirements.


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Ed Fasano - Experienced Advisory Consultants LLC