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Title: Design a Data Center: Best Practices for Designing a Data Center


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Design a Data Center Best Practices for
Designing a Data Center
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Design a Data Center
  • How companies design a data center will have a
    direct impact on two major performance metrics
    downtime and energy consumption. Both of these
    features impact the long-term viability of a data
    center.
  • Any system downtime in a data center can have
    detrimental effects for businesses. Therefore,
    reliability tops the list for companies designing
    an in-house data center or outsourcing to a data
    center provider. In the latter situation,
    service providers must guarantee system uptime of
    100 percent to remain competitive in todays
    market.

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Design a Data Center
  • In terms of energy usage, efficiency is the
    primary goal. Since power contributes most to
    overall operating costs, companies must design a
    data center with the lowest possible energy
    consumption. Efficient use of power not only
    lowers costs, but helps achieve the green
    initiatives of the data center operator. The
    data center will also be better positioned to
    comply with any future energy regulation.
  •  
  • So how can a company design a data center to
    ensure the highest levels of systems availability
    and energy efficiency? Several practices can
    affect these two vital design components

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Design a Data Center
  • Forming the Team. The company should assemble a
    multi-disciplined team of architects, technical
    consultants, mechanical engineers and electrical
    engineers to design a data center. The team
    should have hundreds of data center projects
    under its belt. In addition, this group of
    professionals should remain in force throughout
    construction and beyond to ensure ongoing
    performance at peak levels.
  • The design team must be able to handle the
    complete project scope, including the permitting
    process. As a complex infrastructure, a data
    center must meet many local, state and federal
    regulatory requirements. Understanding these
    codes, laws and statutes requires specific
    knowledge and research skills.

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Design a Data Center
  • Planning the Design. During the planning
    process, a company has the greatest potential to
    affect the data centers performance levels. The
    first considerations involve how the data center
    will operate, the types of equipment to be housed
    and what future operations may be required.
  •  
  • The design must integrate complex components
    such as power, cooling, security, monitoring,
    fire suppression, mechanical and electrical
    systems, equipment specifications and more. The
    design team must balance performance and cost
    factors to design a data center that meets
    current and long-term strategic goals.
  •  
  • Finally, companies that design a data center
    must think past their immediate needs. They must
    design all components with expansion in mind.
    Not considering and designing for future
    requirements can lead to unnecessary and
    excessive costs down the road.

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Design a Data Center
  • Selecting the Site. Site selection is a crucial
    decision during data center design. Once the
    project begins at a location, its often
    difficult, if not impossible, to move.
    Therefore, careful consideration and thorough
    research must be conducted to ensure the proper
    site selection. Companies must consider at a
    minimum the associated site cost, accessibility,
    risks and construction factors.
  •  
  • Remote monitoring technologies make it easy to
    locate data centers away from other company
    facilities. As a result, companies can take
    advantage of cheaper real estate costs. However,
    they need to balance the cost of accessing a
    remote site versus the acquisition cost.
  •  
  • Risk factors include natural disasters like
    earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and more.
    Political climates can jeopardize security and
    increase the need for monitoring and other
    preventive measures.

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Design a Data Center
  • Determining a Total Cost of Ownership. When
    companies design a data center, they must go
    beyond the building costs. They must also factor
    in the cost of operating and maintaining the data
    center to arrive at a total cost of ownership
    figure. The cost and budgeting analysis should
    consider the initial build-out, infrastructure,
    equipment, power, maintenance and any other costs
    associated with operating the data center now and
    well into the future.
  •  
  • When businesses properly design a data center,
    they can minimize associated costs and maximize
    efficiencies. And, most importantly, they can
    quickly adapt to changing requirements and meet
    future expansion needs more economically.

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About the Author
  • Arnie W. Evdokimo is Chief Executive Officer of
    DP Air Corporation, a leading provider of data
    center design, build and maintenance services
    based in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • For more information about how to design a data
    center, visit http//www.dpair.com/design-data-cen
    ter/ today.
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