Enterprise Data Center
We develop reliable, efficient and scalable data center infrastructures
The data center is becoming increasingly important in our daily lives. Ensuring that data centers are operated as efficiently and securely as possible is a top priority for any business.
Building and operating data centers for a company, in other words flying solo, can be a huge, capital-intensive task.
Integrating intelligent racks, including PDUs, environmental sensors, access control systems, asset monitoring, serial consoles and KVM into the IT equipment racks of colocation facilities is a cost-effective way to ensure that IT systems are always operating at full capacity, that the hardware is running in a secure environment and that physical security is always maintained. For maximum availability and highest return on investment (ROI).
Modern data centers are among the most complex types of buildings, and this complexity is increasing day by day. The cost of building a state-of-the-art Hyperscale data center can quickly grow to millions of dollars before even a Bitcoin is removed or a video stored. A company that decides to build its own data center needs a strategy, vision and determination to complete the construction and get the systems up and running before a return on investment (ROI) is even considered. Despite the real and perceived difficulties, many companies still prefer to have their own infrastructure to meet their IT requirements.
A "flying solo" concept is recommended if IT is a profit center for the company and not a cost center. A well-designed IT environment with the right "user experience" can be a worthwhile unique selling point for companies. The Amazon.com website is an excellent example of this.
Building a data center also means greater flexibility in controlling spending compared to renting in a colocation facility or using public cloud infrastructure. A dedicated infrastructure may also be necessary for a company when applications need to be moved out of the cloud or a colocation facility due to growth.
FACTORS FOR OWN INFRASTRUCTURE
The complexity of today's data centers is a huge obstacle for many companies. The following are some of the decisions and objectives that need to be made or established to build an operational data center:
- What is the data center's data load? Is it dependent on a certain level of availability (99.999%) or tier rating (as defined by the Uptime Institute)?
- Is the data center expected to have a certain efficiency (PUE) or carbon footprint?
- What are the power and cooling requirements per square meter? ☐ Will the data center use locally generated renewable energy or be dependent on a utility company?
- How should the space be divided between the actual data infrastructure and all other supporting components in its environment (offices, cooling, etc.)?
- What level of physical and logical access control is initially required and what systems need to be maintained over time?
- Does the data center rely on support personnel on site around the clock?
- What are the data center latency/response targets?
- Does the data center need a second, parallel disaster recovery facility?
- How quickly must the enterprise systems be up and running?
- Will the data center support both development activities and production?
- What basic ecosystem do you need? Open Compute vs. Open19 vs. OEM vs.
- How long is the data center expected to be in operation before a replacement is made?
- How often do users need physical access to the devices? How often do they need to update them?
Building and operating a data center requires a reliable team of professionals who can balance the needs of the business and the anticipated users of the data center. Knowledge of IT systems and software is not enough to successfully design and build a data center. Experts in real estate, finance, utilities, contracting, procurement, project management, human resources and facility management are required to minimize costs and maximize ROI.
Give these people the time to ask the detailed, difficult questions that are essential to meet the expectations of management that drive the decision to build an operational data center. Documenting and reviewing the answers with senior management ensures that everyone involved understands the goals of building a data center and the success criteria.
No data center can exist without power. Selecting the power architecture and power delivery to the data center, to the rack and in the rack can determine whether your data center is achieving the desired operational metrics. The rack PDU you choose can help you measure performance and manage power in a heterogeneous environment with a broad mix of server, storage and connectivity providers.
In addition, the successful design of a data center depends heavily on the selection of vendors and partners to design, build and commission the data center. With innovative companies that can deliver a wide range of data centre-specific products, both in the quantities and with the features and functionality required to support the objectives of an operational data center, the chances of a positive outcome are increased when assessing whether the data center is meeting its targeted metrics.