The choice of infrastructure for your data centre is very important. Different infrastructure is required depending on what you want your data centre to do.
Is your data centre going to be fairly full from day one, or do you require a data centre that you can grow into. When do you expect your data centre to be 80% full and how much power and cooling do you require on day one and in the future? These are difficult questions to answer as the future is generally unknown, particularly as the lifecycle of IT equipment is typically around three years (if that) and a data centre is around 10 to 15 years.
If the latter, then you will probably want to reduce the initial capital expenditure by building a facility which can be easily expanded on a modular basis. The initial choice of infrastructure and, equally importantly how it is connected up, can facilitate this without having to incur downtime…all due to a little forethought at the beginning of the design process.
However, the way that it is put together is crucial in terms of:
- DC and AC Power Systems
- Standby Generators
- Air Conditioning and Humidification Systems
- Smoke Detection and Fire Suppression Systems
- Leak Detection Systems
- Raised Access Flooring
- Suspended Ceilings
- Transformers and HV Power Systems
- Access Control and Security Systems
- Racking Systems
- Data Cabling and Infrastructure
- Power Management
- Building Management Systems (BMS)
- Environmental Monitoring Systems