The Three Choices Municipalities Have for Establishing a Local Data Center

When establishing a local data center, a municipality can decide on one of three different options:

  1. Re-purpose space in an existing government-owned facility
  2. Build a new facility in a government-owned or a leased building
  3. License space at a service provider’s local data center

Here’s a summary of some of the major pitfalls that face municipalities when they decide on options one or two:

  • IT is not their core business. Therefore, operating and maintaining an in-house data center places local governments outside their comfort zone. Understanding the complexities involved with a data center operation can be challenging and requires specialized expertise that’s often expensive and hard-to-find.
  • If you locate your compute and storage resources in an existing government-owned facility, you may incur higher risks if that facility lacks the proper systems. For example, servers housed on-site in a storage closet or server room may eliminate licening costs for space in a third-party data center. However, the municipality will likely experience several hard and soft costs associated with maintenance, utilities, downtime, obsolescence and more.
  • Constructing new data center space is often cost-prohibitive for many local governments. With regular pressure on government budgets, few municipalities have the ability to expend large capital outlays for a data center construction project. Plus, getting approval for such a significant investment is challenging, especially when viable alternatives exist.

By licensing space in a service provider’s data center, municipalities trade a huge capital outlay for predictable, monthly operating expenses. When you select the right data center colocation provider, your municipality will have the necessary systems in place to provide continuous service levels, even during a disaster.

You’ll benefit from proven physical security systems, compliance processes, environmental controls and energy reduction measures. You can scale – easily and cost-efficiently – to meet future growth requirements. And, you have access to the latest IT infrastructure technologies, IT talent and high-speed network services.

Assess Your Local Government’s Data Center Risk

If you’d like to better understand your municipal government’s level of data center risk, take FairPoint Communications’ “Risk Assessment Questionnaire for Municipalities.” By answering nine multiple-choice questions, you’ll gain helpful insight into your municipality’s risk exposure – high-, medium- or low-risk.

FairPoint Communications’ data centers provide organizations with network connectivity and rack space in physically secure, reliable locations. Municipalities can use this space as primary or secondary data center sites. In addition, data center colocation space can also be employed as an essential part of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy. FairPoint’s data centers are strictly controlled environments with essential power, cooling, connectivity and physical security features.

For data center colocation services that address your municipal government’s requirements, call FairPoint Communications (1.866.984.4001) or visit

Vice President
Karen Romano is Vice President, Government and Education at FairPoint Communications, a leading provider of advanced communications technology in northern New England and 14 other states across the U.S.