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Core/Data Center Design

ConnectA data center is a facility utilized to store computer systems and related components, such as storage and telecommunications systems. It usually consists of back up power supply and data communications, temperature and environmental controls and other security systems.

What are the factors to consider when designing a data center?

  1. Modeling Criteria – creating the plan with limitations that include size, number, topology, location, floor plan, cooling and power systems and design.
  2. Conceptual Design – entails the design plans that should consider all possibilities to guarantee that the center will be ready for whatever kind of circumstance that it has to deal with.
  3. Design Programming – is the method of researching followed by making choices to determine the extent of the project.
  4. Design Recommendations – this is when the best technology infrastructure is determined and planning standard is created.
  5. Design Details – this phase will appropriate to take on when the conceptual design has been accomplished. It includes detailed IT infrastructure design, construction documents, facility schematics, IT infrastructure documentation and schematics of technology infrastructure.
  6. Technology Infrastructure Design – focuses on the cabling systems of telecommunications that is utilized throughout the data center.
  7. Mechanical Engineering Infrastructure Design – maintenance of the data center’s interior environment.
  8. Electrical Engineering Infrastructure Design – focuses on the design of electrical configurations that contain different requirements for reliability and sizes of data center.
  9. Site Selection – factors like cost, risk, security, power grid availability, transportation lines, and networking services are a few of the things to consider in regards to site selection.
  10. Availability Expectations – the greater the availability needs of the facility, the higher the operational expenses of the designing, creating and managing it.
  11. Flexibility and Modularity – these are significant components that will enable the data center to be enhanced and develop over time.
  12. Electrical Power – ensuring that there is back up power (batteries and generators) in case the main power fails.
  13. Environmental Control – the environment and temperature should be carefully controlled because if the temperature went beyond the standard, it might cause damage to the equipment.
  14. Security – This should be considered for the protection of the personnel, placing video camera surveillance is highly recommended.
  15. Fire Protection – devices like fire detectors are placed, and other fire prevention systems are carefully planned.
  16. Low Voltage Cable Routing – data cabling is usually directed through cable trays that are overhead in data centers.