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!
HOW TO DESIGN A SERVER ROOM
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