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Building with modern data center design in mind


Modern data center design involves planning carefully for the center's location, hardware and building infrastructure. It's certainly not as simple as "build warehouse, insert computers."

This guide covers capacity planning tactics, tips for building facilities, hardware selection strategies and monitoring a data center's infrastructure.

1Capacity planning 101-

Modern data center design 101: Capacity planning

Building a data center or server room without a strategy for capacity is like filling a pool before you find out how much water it can hold. Some factors involved with capacity planning include virtualization, redundancy and a healthy dose of unpredictability. This section includes a range of articles that illustrate the importance of capacity planning in your modern data center design project.


Capacity planning for virtual environments

Use strategic capacity planning to future-proof your data center's virtualization efficiency and make the most of server hardware. Continue Reading


Let there be chaos in strategic planning

Enterprise IT strategy has long been based on straight-line extrapolation, but the industry must learn to embrace chaos if it hopes to thrive. Continue Reading


Predicting the unpredictable in capacity planning

The rise of mobile devices and other advances make capacity planning a difficult proposition for IT professionals. Continue Reading


Thinking redundantly for better capacity planning

Though there is no "one size fits all" way to approach capacity planning, server redundancy is a good place to start. Continue Reading


Strategic capacity planning for private clouds

Without right-sizing VMs and capacity planning strategies, any private cloud will falter. You can avoid trouble with careful planning and monitoring. Continue Reading

2Building Facilities-

Ideas for data center facilities planning

Capacity planning, while vital, is only one piece of the puzzle involved in modern data center design. Another piece is the data center's physical requirements. Server, network and storage systems all have power and cooling requirements. Designing for efficiency is essential to keeping costs low, but if you go too low with power and cooling, a disaster can happen. Take a look at these resources to see how to plan for a new data center and upgrade the facilities in an existing structure.


Requirements for a modern server room

Server room design has changed. So when planning one for an existing facility, make sure it meets current and future needs. Continue Reading


Should IT and facilities operate under one team leader

Data center facilities and the IT departments are separated by tasks and goals. Is it a good idea to hire a facility management member to unite the teams? Continue Reading


Five ways to modernize data center facilities

These five data center upgrade strategies can revitalize older data centers and stave off expensive construction projects. Continue Reading


Data center design needs more than a building

Designing a new data center isn’t just the purview of IT. Getting input from all angles can avoid costly mistakes. Continue Reading


Forming a disaster recovery plan for the data center

Recent natural disasters inspire some IT pros to start working on a new data center recovery plan. Continue Reading


Gas-based fire suppression in the data center

Using tanks filled with inert gas to protect the data center from fires requires proper placement to avoid danger if a rupture occurs. Continue Reading


A data center design guide to get it right the first time

Corporate moves, rapid IT refreshes, virtualization initiatives and other factors affect your data center design. Use this data center planning guide for a facility that lasts. Continue Reading

3Choosing hardware-

Choosing potential hardware systems: Modular and converged options

There is no single rule for selecting the hardware to go into a brand-new data center. Converged infrastructure and modular design are two modern data center design options that, for some shops, might be exactly what the business needs -- or might not. Here are some positives and some potential downsides of a converged infrastructure and modular construction.


Exploring the pros and cons of converged systems

Converged infrastructure offers a way to resist the public cloud and still gain efficiencies and scalability, but few vendors offer the real deal. Continue Reading


Converged infrastructure takes over the data center

The rise of converged systems has brought a new level of manageability to the data center, but these integrated offerings have a few drawbacks. Continue Reading


Considerations for modular data centers

A container-based modular data center can ease the strain on the existing data center. Follow these tips to avoid snags prior to deployment. Continue Reading


Containerized data centers might not weather a storm

You're interested in a containerized data center, but have you considered how long you plan to keep it? Continue Reading

4Our experts-

Meet the Experts

  • Robert McFarlane
    Principal in charge of data center design, Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC SearchDataCenter
  • Brien Posey
    Freelance technical writer SearchDataCenter
  • Sander van Vugt
    independent trainer and consultant SearchDataCenter



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