Step 8: Finalize the layout

Bernie Klinder, Founder,

Once you have determined all of the pieces of the puzzle, you need to reexamine your original server room plan and make the final adjustments.

Based on the locations of doors, electrical runs, HVAC units and fire suppression equipment, you may have redrawn your server room plan several times by now.

My final advice: Keep the layout simple and flexible to allow for expansion. When you do expand the data center, re-evaluate environmental capacity, power requirements, cable management and room capacity issues as needed.

Final step: You're ready to start your project! Good luck!



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  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

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, 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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