Use Best Practices to Design Data Center Facilities
Published: 22 April 2005
Michael A. Bell
Data centers seldom meet the operational and capacity requirements of their initial designs. The principal goals in data center design are flexibility and scalability, which involve site location, building selection, floor layout, electrical system design, mechanical design and modularity.
Table Of Contents
- Management Summary
- Density vs. Capacity
- Rack Layout
- Rack Units
- Design Criteria
- Critical Building Systems
- Planning and Designing
- Power Distribution
- Power Supply
- Mechanical Systems
- Raised-Access Floor
- Fire Detection and Suppression
- Data Center Construction Costs — Tier 2
- Data Center Construction Costs — Tier 3
- Data Center Facilities Management Options:
- Conference Poll Results
- Acronym Key
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