In an article at SearchDataCenter.com Robert McFarlane, a principal in charge of data center design for the international consulting firm Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC examines what data center owners can do to ensure their data center design stands the test of time. For him the key to data center longevity is being able to accommodate new technology. In other words this means that any new facility must be designed with as much flexibility as possible.
There are three key factors to gain flexibility. First, space, which should be less of a constraint to data center design in coming years: Equipment will continue to get smaller while providing more compute power.
Second, cooling, where many different best practices can lead to more flexibility.
And third, backup power and distribution. According to McFarlane these are now the easiest parts of the infrastructure for flexible design.
“Uninterruptable power supply (UPS) architectures allow us to scale from very small to very large not only incrementally, but without shutdowns if we plan well enough.”
As recently posted in our blog, modular UPS systems have become irreplaceble in recent years for flexible data center design. They help to optimize your availability and efficiency needs. And they can help in managing a data center infrastructure that experiences fluctuations in capacity needs.
For further reading about the use of UPS in modular data center design we recommend the recently published case study about Colt Data Centre Services’ approach to modular data center design by Uninterruptible Power Supplies Limited, our advanced business partner in UK: