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How to design a server room

Location, location, location. That's one key element to consider when designing a server room. We've broken down this project into eight core elements in this Learning Guide.

It's a known fact: the heart of IT operations is the server room.

Given that, it's crucial that a server room's design be one that is well-thought-out and as refined as necessary before it's built out.

But how do you determine what makes the most efficient setup? How can you plan one that will grow as your company's technology needs expand? It is definitely possible to have a data center configuration that will serve a company for years without requiring a major overhaul or frequent redesigns.

The key: You must understand the crucial elements that go into the design, plan for expansion and growth, and build intelligent overcapacity into the design.

Whether you are starting from ground zero or need to revise what you already have in place, here is an eight-step plan to help you design a data center your company will appreciate and you can be proud of.



   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

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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