Step 6: Flooring: choice of materials matter

Here's Step 6 of the eight key steps you need to consider when building a data center or server room.

Most server rooms use a raised sub floor or access floor to create a space for the miles of network cable that run in and out of a data center, and to create a space for air distribution.

Be sure that the load ratings for all raised floors and ramps are adequate to support all of your racks and equipment. Cast aluminum tiles in the raised floors seem to handle heavier load better than other materials, but check with manufacturer's ratings and specifications. Consider installing a sub-floor water detection system to prevent damage to your cables in the event moisture collects beneath the sub floor.

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HOW TO DESIGN A SERVER ROOM

  Home: Introduction
  Step 1: Determine size requirements
  Step 2: Reserve a location
  Step 3: Power Requirements
  Step 4: Environmental concerns
  Step 5: Rack solutions and cable management
  Step 6: Flooring: choice of materials matter
  Step 7: Security
  Step 8: Finalize the layout

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 
Bernie Klinder, MVP, consultant
Bernie Klinder is a technology consultant for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is also the founder and former editor of LabMice.net, a comprehensive resource index for IT professionals who support Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 and BackOffice products. For his contributions to the information technology community, Bernie was selected as an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft. Copyright 2004 TechTarget
 

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