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Re: Independent rating service of colocation facilities

  • From: Dave Crocker
  • Date: Thu Jan 06 16:28:15 2000

At 01:30 PM 1/4/2000 , Alex Bligh wrote:
Caveat emptor. Take customer references. Do due diligence.
An elaboration on this fundamental observation.

There are at least two ways one can attempt due diligence: pro forma vs. in-depth.

Pro forma assumes competence, thoroughness, well-established definitions (and understandings) of relevant professional practises, etc. In other words, it assumes that you are working in a later-stage mature industry, so that everyone has a common understanding of things.

The co-lo industry ain't there yet.

So the alternative is much more effort and much more difficult, but absolutely essential: The customer must have their own, independent access to high-quality technical and operations expertise and the due diligence must be detailed and in-person (such as the noted visual inspection of the generatorS.)


ps. The other burden this places on the customer is carefully and reasonably formulating their REAL requirement. Demanding the best of everything is entirely inappropriate for most businesses. You won't be able to afford it and you don't need it.

Dave Crocker <[email protected]>
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