Building a Data Center that is up to the standards of modern functionality is going to require a full understanding of the basics. Successful Data Center design relies upon creating an environment that can grow and expand as the technology evolves.
Your IT infrastructure is only as effective as the Data Center operations that are running it. If you haven't taken the time to plan and invest in the right hardware or the best construction firm to build that infrastructure, then you could be wasting time and money. Here are some of the basics that you should know so the mission critical facets of your Data Center won't fail.
Keep it Cool
Heat is the natural enemy of all electronics. When it comes to the proper operation of your components, the main rule of thumb is to keep things cool. Good heat dissipation is needed to protect your racks of servers and that will require installing an HVAC system so that the temperature is regulated at all times. When things start to heat up in your Data Center that could mean dire consequences for your business.
Backing up your power supply will prevent your infrastructure from going down for any length of time in the event of a power outage. Having a collection of backup generators or emergency batteries to maintain an uninterrupted supply of power to your Data Center is about as basic as it gets where modern Data Center design is concerned.
Where you decide to place your Data Center is just as important as ensuring the temperature is well regulated and there is a constant power supply available. We all know that data can move extremely fast. However, positioning your servers at just the right location can improve their efficiency for transporting that information to keep your business running at peak performance. Don't just stack those servers anywhere, think about where that data needs to go and then decide where to build your Data Center.
Technology is always being updated and reinvented. That means your Data Center should always be outfitted with the latest and fastest versions of the electronics you rely on the most. Building your racks for easy swapping of your servers, storage, and network switches will make it easy to replace older parts with the newer units. Modular arrangements let you remove them at will without upsetting the rest of your components or dismantling the entire operation.