Data center design and facilities

The data center design and facilities topic section offers comprehensive resources and expert advice for data center construction companies, architects and data center facility managers. Data center design takes into account continuous power and cooling for IT equipment, site security and energy use. Data center facilities are specialized for a task, and must operate in concert with the IT organization. New trends in data center design and construction include modular and containerized builds, as well as DCIM to track energy use.

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  • Emergency Power Off (EPO) button

    The Emergency Power Off (EPO) button -- sometimes called an EPO switch -- is a large red device in data centers that kills power to a particular piece of equipment, or to an entire facility, in the event of an emergency. Continue Reading

  • automatic transfer switch (ATS)

    An automatic transfer switch (ATS) is a device that automatically transfers a power supply from its primary source to a backup source when it senses a failure or outage in the primary source. Continue Reading

  • valve

    A valve is a mechanism that opens and closes to control the flow of fluids. In a scientific context, fluids include both liquids and gases – anything that can flow freely – and valves may use either. Continue Reading

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