It’s a phrase that seems to be thrown around a lot these days but when referring to the infrastructure design of a state-of-the-art data center, it should be considered as an absolute understatement.
As the consumer migration rapidly continues from traditional data storage systems to “cloud” computing, the storage and connectivity demands are also rapidly increasing on data centers across the globe, and with ip telephony (VOIP) also playing a contributing factor as well as other bandwidth hungry multimedia applications such as streaming music and video on demand IPTV), the importance for implementing the most advanced and reliable infrastructure into new (and old) data centers has never been greater.
Corporate entities and commercial data center organizations are continuously looking at new ways to meet the demands of their customers. Local Governments are now also starting to face the same challenges as more and more countries upgrade their legacy copper infrastructure to high speed fiber optical cable to accommodate the fiber-to-the-home roll outs which are happening right now in many developed countries across the globe.
In order to achieve the required higher levels of availability and minimal downtime in these data centers, it is imperative that strategically designed environmental and support systems are implemented and that international Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) guidelines are followed and adhered to.
Super high speed, high density and high availability are all the signs of the times with the challenges for data centers increasing daily and just as we have become used to 10 Gigabit Ethernet, both 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet and Fiber Channel over Ethernet are already upon us and have already been deployed in many Data Centers in the EU and United States.
Unlike 5 or 10 years ago, IT managers and network specialists now recognize that their new installations and retro-fits need to be as “future proof” as possible, hence the importance for the most advanced passive, mechanical and active components to be considered. They also have to be given a free hand in the constant moves and changes (MACS) of end users and servers within the data center as well as the responsibility of keeping costs under control whilst maximum efficiency throughout the data center as a whole.
There is no substitute for careful planning!
When it comes to developing a new data center or upgrading an existing one, the overall infrastructure design must be considered from scratch and incorporate the most current and strictest guidelines for architectural, electrical, heating, cooling and Telecommunications. Neglecting any aspect of the design of the data center infrastructure could very well render it vulnerable to unacceptable downtime, ultimately resulting in loss of business and substantial financial losses.
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