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White Paper #116
By Suzanne Niles
Standardizationand Modularity inNetwork-CriticalPhysical Infrastructure
 
2005 American Power Conversion. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be used, reproduced, photocopied, transmitted, or stored in any retrieval system of any nature, without the written permission of the copyright owner.
www.apc.com
Rev 2005-0
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 Executive Summary
Failure to adopt modular standardization as a design strategy for Network-Critical PhysicalInfrastructure (NCPI) is costly on all fronts: unnecessary expense, avoidable downtime, andlost business opportunity. Standardization and its close relative, modularity, create wide-ranging benefits in NCPI that streamline and simplify every process from initial planning todaily operation, with significant positive effects on all three major components of NCPIbusiness value – availability, agility, and total cost of ownership.
 
2005 American Power Conversion. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be used, reproduced, photocopied, transmitted, or stored in any retrieval system of any nature, without the written permission of the copyright owner.
www.apc.com
Rev 2005-0
 3
Introduction
 
Standardization so pervades modern life that we hardly notice it. From driving a car to replacing a battery,its influence is at work behind the scenes to make things more convenient, predictable, affordable, under-standable, and safe. When we buy a light bulb, we know it will fit in the lamp socket. Our train travel is notinterrupted at the border, as it once was, while our railcar is raised up and refitted with different wheels tomatch the track in the next state. Standardization is a powerful concept that has established itself as acritical ally in managing progress.Despite standardization’s long track record of success in streamlining business, Network-Critical PhysicalInfrastructure (NCPI) has missed the turn. A steady trend toward chaos has been at work in this industrybut, unlike other industries, there has been no catalyst strong enough to initiate a reversal – nothing aspublicly absurd as the switching of train wheels, nor as shocking as the 1904 Baltimore fire in which the cityburned down because mutual aid from other cities couldn’tconnect to Baltimore’s hydrants.Systems analysts from any other mature industry would beaghast at the level of complexity and inconsistency that existstoday in the NCPI of thousands of data centers worldwide.Lacking impetus from public scrutiny or broad industry interestin change, it is left for the industry’s
users
to self examine – tocall up their own experience and business sense to helpinstigate the turn toward the more stable and productiveclimate of standardization. The mission of this paper is toshow that there
is
a catalyst: the NCPI user’s substantialentitlement to eliminate the significant business cost of unnecessary downtime, lost opportunity, and expense causedby human error, lack of agility, and data center oversizing.Mistakes and waste are early and welcome casualties of standardization.In recent decades, the old idea of standardization has gained new stature in other industries as a creativeand compelling strategic enterprise philosophy. Similar success can be achieved by applyingstandardization to the design, deployment, and operation of Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure (NCPI).
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Standardization vs. “standards” 
The focus of this paper is the use of standardization in the design and delivery of aproduct or process, toward the goal of delivering new or increased benefits to users. “Standards” – meaning industry-widespecifications and codes established by bodies such as ISO and IEEE – are another kind of standardization, profoundlysignificant to industry and commerce but not the subject of this paper.
 
NCPI
Network-Critical PhysicalInfrastructure
NCPI is the foundation upon which IT andtelecommunication networks reside.NCPI includes:
Power 
Cooling
Racks and physical structure
Cabling
Physical security and fire protection
Management systems
Services
For more about NCPI see APC White Paper #117, “Network-Critical Physical Infrastruc-ture: Optimizing Business Value.” 

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