5 Essential Tips for Better Data Center Design

Every good Data Center requires basic necessities to ensure it's working as economically and efficiently as possible. A Data Center is going to contain all of your servers, storage, and switches – all mission critical components that must be in proper and constant working order. That means redundancy measures, strict security procedures, and sufficient temperature regulation in addition to reliable fire suppression should something go horribly wrong. 

 

Understanding and incorporating all of these factors is the key to effective Data Center design. However, it's not enough to merely rely on these fundamental facets to get the job done. There are an increasing number of additional aspects that must be taken into consideration when hiring a construction firm to build your Data Center. 

 

The speed of business is moving almost as fast as the speed of data and your Data Center needs to be up to the task of keeping up with that pace (Reword). Here are five essential tips that you want to remain cognizant of when you tackle the challenge of creating the most modern and dependable Data Center possible.

1. Tight Security

The most important aspect of any good Data Center is ensuring that your equipment is sufficiently secure. Limiting access to this room and protecting it behind suitable locked entries is paramount to keeping your servers and data safe from interlopers. Your critical data is housed in the Data Center and letting it fall into the wrong hands can be devastating to your business. 

 

It's not enough to simply have a system of locks in place, either. Alarms are a good idea as well as security monitoring. Adding backup power to all of your security systems will also add a level of redundancy that might make thieves think twice before targeting your data equipment.

2. Speaking of Redundancy

They say you should back up everything that you keep on the hard drive of your computer. This is just common sense, right? Why, then, wouldn't you provide backup servers, storage, ISP's, even power supply to your Data Center to ensure that it never fails? 

 

Installing back up "go to" equipment should something break down is a hallmark of smart Data Center design. If you think you have enough back up measures in place it's more than likely you could always use one more. Whether it's additional batteries for an uninterrupted stream of power or extra servers to pick up the slack, review your redundancy measures regularly to keep everything moving smoothly.

3. Learn to Converge

More IT managers have begun to embrace converging their Data Center infrastructure to cut down on the need for resources with an eye towards increasing efficiency and running a more economical operation. Storage solutions have started the push towards convergence for a while now as hard drives are located within dedicated central banks equipped with high-speed networks instead of remaining stored within your servers. 

 

Computing and storage operations are now contained inside a single apparatus as opposed to being spread out along multiple components. Having more functions based within one configuration increases scalability.

4. A Word about Scalability

Building a better Data Center means that you are already thinking ahead to the inevitable, when the current systems of servers and storage become insufficient to meet all of your needs. You are going to need to expand at some point, most likely much sooner than you may expect. 

 

It's not just physical space that we're talking about here, either.  As your network continues to grow, storage might run out, and additional servers will become necessary down the line. That's all going to require extra power as well. Planning ahead beyond your needs this year or even this decade will help you prepare for infrastructure expansion now so you're ready to upgrade and modify as your business expands later.

5. Embrace Modularization

Your Data Center is made up from the sum of its parts. As technology progresses so too should your equipment. That's why it's a good idea to embrace modularization so that you can piece together the latest components as necessary. 

 

Good Data Center design incorporates racks of servers, switches, and other vital parts that can be swapped out at any time and replaced with newer, faster, and often times more compact models to keep your business running at the speed of progress. Having a modular configuration typically uses singular appliance solutions that consolidate resources and operations and it allows you to add or remove parts and pieces that are less efficient.