30 Jul Construction of a Data Center
Data centers are likely to become both more important and crucial to the continued viability of any business that relies on its information technology infrastructure for revenue growth and market share. The priority for most businesses is to understand the what and why of data centers, how the early decisions factor into future value and how the most obvious and costliest problems can be avoided.
Ultimately, a data center is nothing more than a physical environment optimized to support the error-free operation of computer hardware. While some might believe stacking computers in an empty room is good enough, the truth is a properly maintained data center improves the durability of electronics and reduces both energy costs and support costs.
The two key factors in choosing a location for a data center are the potential for natural disasters and the easy availability of reliable power. The second consideration is often the priority especially if the power source is sustainable in nature, like hydroelectric, wind or solar or some combination of the three.
An ancillary concern is a climate that does not experience huge temperature or humidity swings. Not only will temperature issues increase power costs, they can have a deleterious effect on precision electronics, including the building’s security and fire suppression systems.
Locations like Boise, Idaho and elsewhere in the western plains are popular with data professionals like those at Fiberpipe because of the moderate real estate prices, the remote likelihood of natural events like tornadoes or earthquakes and the manageable real estate costs.
Every minute spent on maintenance, upkeep, and hardware replacement is a minute that must be recaptured through sales and price increases. This is why it is absolutely vital the layout of any data center is constructed to allow easy access to any machine at any time.
Companies like Fiberpipe have the industry experience and the knowledge to create highly efficient workspaces for installation, repair and maintenance of all kinds of servers, from hot-swappable blade-type cases to full-size render farms and multi-processor models. Well organized interior layouts also increase the effectiveness of security and safety systems by creating good camera angles, avoiding overtaxed safety devices and making things easy for first responders in the event of an incident.
It turns out for most situations, properly designed interior facilities also reduce maintenance, repair, and energy costs through efficient use of space and well-designed environmental controls that keep the outdoor climate from affecting the indoor conditions.
For something as valuable as your data and the continued operation of your servers, getting the right professionals on your side is a must. Experience and expertise are at a premium in most markets, but when it comes to preserving your electronics, your choices should be limited to those companies with a proven track record. Only they will be able to give you the right building advice.