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Build a Data Center
Description: Building a data center is a complex and expensive challenge requiring specific design and engineering skills. Your Challenge - 42% of IT leaders have been tasked with completing a data center build-out in 2010. Often, the organization lacks previous experience building a data center. - Each data center project is unique and should have its own detailed budget. Planning upfront and establishing a clear project scope will minimize expensive changes in later project stages. - This solution set will provide you with step-by-step design, planning and selection tools in order to define a facility design that minimizes costs and risk while supporting cost-effective long-term growth. Our Advice Critical Insight - The author sees organizations using designers grounded in commercial office space disciplines, which inevitably results in problems at later stages of the project with final inspections and expensive change orders. - Data center facilities require specific industrial design and engineering requirements to meet the needs for fire-protection, power provisioning, stand-by power, cooling, physical security, and layout. - General construction benchmarks are not always accurate - the absence of early budgeting and requirements definition risks cost overruns by as much as 22%. Impact and Result - Early internal efforts to create a budget around facility requirements yields better cost and build outcomes when construction begins. - 65% of costs occur after the data center is built, an important consideration that is often forgotten in the budgeting process. - Each data center project is unique and should have its own detailed budget. Planning up front and establishing a clear project scope will minimize expensive changes in later project stages. Get to Action 1. Understand the scope of what the enterprise is building Gain clear insight into the scope of activities that must be completed before any data center build decision is made. - Storyboard: Build a Data Center 2. Create a data center build project charter Establish clear project scope, decision rights, and executive sponsorship for the data center build project. - Data Center Build Project Charter Template 3. Establish a budget for the data center building project Outline a clear and accurate budget and ensure funding for both the construction phase and the
approach. The emphasis for space allocation decisions should be based on the workflow of the data center to try to achieve a balance between cost and flexible space for future business growth and changes. Selecting the contractor with the skills. Protection of property.Data Center Site Selection and Security Checklist 7. . IT departments that use a best-guess method are likely to run into trouble. . IT must be prepared to protect the data center with the necessary equipment for the following reasons: Life safety. Ensure that the final site selection is optimal and does not lead to foreseeable cost overruns in years 2 through 5. Communicate to the executive during the project Frequent and formal communications with the executive team ensures continued buy-in and support for the tricky issues that will inevitably arise during the project.ongoing operating expenses of the facility. Define the power. Along with the room that houses servers and data center equipment. . Define fire protection requirements Fire protection is a critical and obligatory part of data center design and planning.Data Center Build Project Charter Template . space must also be allocated to rooms which relate to the support of data center functions and activity. A competent General Contractor with deep experience building similar facilities (of size and scope) is required. cooling and standby power requirements The data center’s power and cooling capacity must adequately support the organization’s current infrastructure as well as meet future needs and requirements.Planning for Data Center Physical Layout and Support Center Space . Select a site for the data center Site selection has three distinct phases that are often over looked. Select a General Contractor The skills required to execute a data center facility build-out are rarely found in-house. and will incur unnecessary costs when adding new capacity for equipment in the future. IT will ensure that the data center has the right amount of power at the right cost to support both current and future needs. Define the physical layout requirements Before data center building or refresh plans can be finalized. and right cost is tricky.Data Center Facility Budget Tool 4. standby power requirements. To determine long-term need. IT must pay careful attention to the layout and design of building space. The primary concern when assessing data center fire protection requirements is to protect the lives of data center and surrounding personnel. cooling and. Servers and other equipment located in the data center are extremely expensive to replace.Data Center Structured Cabling RFP Template . Data Center Facility Requirements Estimations At-a-Glance Data Center Power and Cooling Requirements Calculator Things to Consider When Shopping for a Backup Generator Active Power CleanSource: Flywheel Technology for Ride-Through UPS 8. Data Data Data Data Center Center Center Center Contractor Selection Scripted Interview Contractor Scripted Interview Scorecard Contractor Reference Check Checklist Requirements Planning: Seek Expertise to Ensure Success 6.Data Center Building Site Selection Checklist 9.Data Center Build Project Planning and Monitoring Tool 5. . By investing time finding the right information and performing the calculations involved in estimating facility requirements. Because a fire can happen at any time. Ensure the vendor matches the requirements and form a solid base for the long and expensive project ahead. A fire protection . IT must have a method to properly calculate and forecast data center power.
IT managers must comply with the state. Fire Protection: Only YOU Can Prevent Data Center Fires FirePASS: The Next Revolution in Fire Prevention and Suppression? Data Center Fire Protection and Suppression Selection Guide Data Center Fire Protection and Suppression Vendor Criteria Checklist Contents: Storyboard: Build a Data Center (Powerpoint) Data Center Facility Budget Tool (Excel) Data Center Build Project Charter Template (Word) Data Center Build Project Planning and Monitoring Tool (Excel) Data Center Contractor Selection Scripted Interview (Word) Data Center Contractor Scripted Interview Scorecard (Word) Data Center Contractor Reference Check Checklist (Word) Data Center Requirements Planning: Seek Expertise to Ensure Success (Pdf) Data Center Site Selection and Security Checklist (Word) Data Center Facility Requirements Estimations At-a-Glance (Pdf) Data Center Power and Cooling Requirements Calculator (Excel) Things to Consider When Shopping for a Backup Generator (Pdf) Active Power CleanSource: Flywheel Technology for Ride-Through UPS (Pdf) Planning for Data Center Physical Layout and Support Center Space (Pdf) Data Center Structured Cabling RFP Template (Word) Data Center Building Site Selection Checklist (Word) Fire Protection: Only YOU Can Prevent Data Center Fires (Pdf) FirePASS: The Next Revolution in Fire Prevention and Suppression? (Pdf) Data Center Fire Protection and Suppression Selection Guide (Excel) Data Center Fire Protection and Suppression Vendor Criteria Checklist (Word) Ordering: Order Online . Ireland. federal. Taylors Lane.http://www. Continuity of operations. and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards.plan should safeguard all equipment from excessive loss or damage.using the form below Order by Post . The cost of downtime in critical business activities can cost the company thousands of dollars and interrupt employee productivity. . Codes and standards.print the order form below and sent to Research and Markets. Dublin 8. local.com/reports/1208340/ Order by Fax .researchandmarkets. Guinness Centre. However. it is ultimately the Authority Having Jurisdiction that will dictate the majority of fire protection requirements.
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