Building a data center for scalability involves more than having enough real estate for a future build out. This is just one of the advices, that the recently published Whitepaper titled “Five Steps to creating a more flexible Data Center” by ABB provides. We just want to give a short overview to the five steps in this blog post. You can find the Whitepaper for download after the link at the end of this article.
1. Scalability is the top concern
“Taking a scalable approach to system planning, including considerations of both IT and facilities, helps avoid drastic – and typically costly – modifications in the future,” according to Mark Reed, the North America Manager for data centers at ABB.
“Planning and constructing with scalability in mind may require a slightly higher initial investment, but you gain tremendous flexibility which will reduce you long term installation costs and disruptions to operations. Those higher costs can be spread over the life of the facility.”
2. The modular approach to data center design
The modular approach is typically based on a prefabricated module housing the technology required to add a certain amount of capacity. A module may be delivered as an intact unit, ready to be moved into a facility. It may also arrive Lego® block fashion – a kit of all of the parts ready for assembly on site. The timeframe to bring additional servers on line is significantly shorter than with a build-from-scratch approach. Time from order to online is a matter of months, with some suppliers promising that their platforms can be online in just weeks.
By the way: For further insights we can recommend our blog post about this issue: “What does Modular Data Center Architecture REALLY mean”»
3. Reliability is the sine qua non of data centers, and there’s a connection between increased reliability and improved flexibility.
4. A unified window on operations – DCIM
“Having a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) system that allows you to monitor how and where power is being used throughout your facility gives you a great deal more flexibility,” Reed says. “With more information at hand, you can better evaluate your options and take action with less risk of something going wrong. Some DCIMs can even take action for you, capitalizing on the intelligence built in to these more-advanced systems.”
5. Switching to direct current
Direct current is receiving considerable attention these days because of its increased simplicity, enhanced reliability and other benefits. Switching from tried-and-true AC power is sometimes perceived as a radical change from well-known standards, yet it provides a simplified architecture for integrating many different power sources. Among the many advantages touted for DC is the significant increase in flexibility it adds to data center operation.
You can find the Whitepaper for download after the following link: