5 Key Considerations When Building a Data Centre
29 September, 2014
Across the globe, more and more businesses and corporations are beginning to rely on the convenience and reliability of data centres. In fact according to recent research from GVA Connect, the UK alone has experienced an 18% rise in data centre take up over the past 12 months. Yet despite the rapid increase in data centre demand, it is critical that build providers do not compromise on quality. Read on for an overview of five key considerations that every business should take into account when commissioning, designing and building a data centre.
Initial design is one of the most important stages of the data centre build process. There are a number of factors to consider that will have a direct impact on overall efficiency and practicality of the final product. This includes factors such as location, planning permission, security, external influences, amenity areas, resilience and environmental impact.
When designing and building a data centre, energy efficiency should be given ample consideration. In British universities alone, data centres account for around 8% of total electricity consumption. As such, it’s important for data centres to incorporate as many energy efficiency features as possible.
Due to the nature of data centre equipment it is essential that new builds are equipped with adequate fire protection and prevention features. Not only does fire damage represent financial loss but it can also result in the loss of sensitive data and information.
In order to keep equipment in top working condition, data centres must be properly air conditioned. ITE Projects offers its clients a range of air conditioning options to suit an array of different environments. These include chilled water, glycol free cool, direct expansion and next generation air cooled systems. As air conditioning systems chew up a large amount of energy, it is also important to take advantage of energy efficient technology. This includes making use of outside air temperature, segregating items of equipment that are more tolerant of running in higher ambient temperatures and configuring computer racking into a hot and cold aisles in order to direct hot air back to cooling equipment.
Power is the lifeblood of any data centre which means it is essential to ensure that complexes have an adequate power supply. Data centre infrastructure regulations recognise four levels of power availability, ranging from Tier 1 (9.671% availability - Single distribution path - no equipment redundancy) to Tier 4 (99.995% availability - Dual systems, both active - n+1 equipment redundancy).
For a trusted data centre build company that is well versed in all five of the above key considerations, look no further than ITE Projects and get in touch today!