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Do You Need a Raised Floor in Your Next Data Center?

Published: 05 April 2011

ID: G00212163

Analyst(s): John R. Phelps


The need for raised flooring, once the symbol of a "true" data center, is increasingly being questioned by infrastructure and operations management. We look at the seven traditional reasons for a raised floor, and examine the new realities.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview

What You Need to Know


  • Traditional Reasons and New Realities
  • Potential Raised Floor Issues and Problems
  • Raised Floor Pluses
  • The Future of the Raised Floor

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