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Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology

Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology

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Published by Rich Hintz
practical guide to designing a data center from inception through construction. The fundamental design principles take a simple, flexible, and modular approach based on accurate, real-world requirements and capacities. This approach contradicts the conventional (but totally inadequate) method of using square footage to determine basic capacities like power and cooling requirements.
practical guide to designing a data center from inception through construction. The fundamental design principles take a simple, flexible, and modular approach based on accurate, real-world requirements and capacities. This approach contradicts the conventional (but totally inadequate) method of using square footage to determine basic capacities like power and cooling requirements.

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Hardware performance and longevity are important reasons to perform regularly
scheduled cleanings of the data center. Contaminants, even in small quantities,
infiltrate the room and settle on room surfaces and within machinery. Excessive
exposure to contaminants will result in increased component failure and
interruption of services. Even a well-designed and constructed data center will
require regularly scheduled maintenance and cleanings. Data centers with design
flaws or rough retrofits will require more extensive effort to maintain appropriate
levels of cleanliness.

TABLE 12-2 Typical Efficiencies of Various Filters

ASHRAE 52-76
% of Dust-Spot Efficiency

% of Fractional Efficiencies

3.0 micron

1.0 micron

0.3 micron

25 to 30%

80%

20%

<5%

60 to 65%

93%

50%

20%

80 to 85%

99%

90%

50%

95%

>99%

92%

60%

DOP 95%

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>99%

95%

Chapter 12

Environmental Contaminants 161

Another, possibly less obvious reason for maintaining a clean data center has to do
with psychology. Operators working in a clean and organized data center will be
more inclined to respect the room and keep it clean and organized, thus maintaining
its efficiency. Visitors to the data center will show similar respect and interpret the
overall appearance of the room as a commitment to quality and excellence.

When designing the data center, keep regularly scheduled decontaminations in
mind. A well-designed data center is easy to maintain.

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CHAPTER13

Codes and Construction

“Is the Minister aware that planning procedures make building a bungalow in the 20th
century slower than building a cathedral in the 12th century?”

- Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey in “Yes, Minister”

To fully consider and implement the design of the data center, you have to construct
a facility that will meet the project scope and also meet code. This chapter will try to
keep you from drowning in the quagmire of code. It also covers a few construction
details worth keeping in mind.

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