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Data Centre Build Disasters to Avoid

15 June, 2017

Data Centre Build Disasters to Avoid

Designing and building a data centre is a huge job, and unless the project is carried out by a good data centre construction company, there’s a long list of things that could go wrong. From not planning for power failure to failing to check the current building for problems, you’ll need to avoid a range of disasters.

Problems can pop up at all stages of the build process, and even years after if the data facility wasn’t designed well. Aside from physical difficulties that could occur, you need to plan for the future too; there may be new legislation that is introduced that your data centre may not comply with. Here are some avoidable data centre disasters which you should try and dodge.

Choosing the wrong type of building

It’s essential that you choose a premises which is durable enough and has the right space requirements for a data centre. Warehouses and industrial units are usually perfect for converting into effective data facilities. There is also the possibility of transforming an office building into a computer room, although these are subject to the layouts of rooms and are usually tight on space. If you choose the wrong type of building and surroundings for your needs, it is bound to fail in time. For example, if there is another premises above your computer room and there is a leak, this could be disastrous for the entire data centre.

Not preparing for power failure

Always plan for the worst, especially when you don’t control something yourself – like the power source. Anything can cause a power cut, including storms or an outage. Power failure can cause huge problems for companies unless they have a backup in place. When designing a data centre, include built-in redundancy which means the malfunction of one piece of equipment shouldn’t affect the rest of the data centre.

No DR plan

A disaster recovery plan is essential for all data centres, or the business might not be able to bounce back from something like critical data loss or a natural disaster. Nobody knows what’s around the corner, but you have to be prepared for it. A DR plan should be created along with the design and build of the data facility, so you understand what could go wrong and how to deal with it effectively.

It’s not uncommon to experience a disaster on a large scale at some point of the life of a data centre – so be prepared.

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