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Designing Data Center Is Not a Trivial Task


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August 13, 2012

Designing Data Center Is Not a Trivial Task

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

With mobile traffic booming, the need for more data centers is growing rapidly. But, designing today’s data center is far more complex. It requires a team of highly skilled engineers with thorough understanding of all electrical specs, including cooling, security and IT issues.

If such talented people are not available on company staff, then it is important to take help from outside consultants, such as those from the Uptime Institute, wrote analyst and Kusnetzky Group founder Dan Kusnetzky in a ZDNet article titled “Data center design is no simple matter.”

In fact, Kusnetzky’s analysis focuses on another veteran writer’s analysis of a data center design for the State of Washington, which was planning to leap into virtualization and consolidation bandwagon few years ago. The writer is David Chernicoff and the title of the article is "Planning a datacenter? Learn from Washington’s mistakes."

The analyst said that Chernicoff’s article got him thinking about the complexities of data center designs, which he has been discussing with his former colleagues at the Uptime Institute at some cross-functional team meetings. Looking back, Kusnetzky wrote, “It always was amazing how many layers of technical, business, political, economic and general sociological elements that had to be taken into account.”

Analyzing the mistakes made by designers at the State of Washington, the analyst concluded that the data center designers in the state of Washington did not take everything into account when working on the design and implementation plans for their new data center.

As a result, Kusnetzky has come with a list of things that must be considered to make sure that a data center matches organizational, technical and operational requirements. Besides providing a list of things to do, Kusnetzky also calls for engineering skills like electrical, cooling, security and IT.  “If such expertise is not available within the organization, then outside consultants must be used,” wrote Kusnetzky.

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Edited by Rich Steeves

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