Space is precious in any commercial building, as more space equals more spending. But when it comes to data centres, having the right volume of space for the amount of IT equipment is important to keep the facility running efficiently. Having an efficient design from the offset will help you make the most of the available floor space, and consider options for future expansion.
There are many ways to go about boosting the available space in a data centre. Firstly, you can physically increase the amount of floor space by building up or out. There are also a number of space saving strategies which can help companies to free up more floor space without having to invest in more building work.
Take a look at some of the best ways to increase space in your data facility, from the construction professionals here at ITE Projects.
Build a Mezzanine Structure
The best way to extend a data centre is to build vertically rather than horizontally. However, this also involves limitations unless you can somehow split the space and create two floors. Thanks to our design specialists, we have helped many data centres double their floor space with a mezzanine. Mezzanines are quite simple to install because they don’t have to be tied to the original building structure – they are reinforced by a self-supported steel structure.
Mezzanines are a great option if you need a big increase in space. This type of extension will double the amount of rack space, so it’s a cost effective option compared to relocating to a larger data centre or building a brand new facility. You’ll have to comply with building regulations, however, and install a goods lift to reach the mezzanine floor.
Fill Racks to Maximum Capacity
If you just need to amalgamate equipment to condense everything together, this can be achieved by using racks properly. You might be afraid to pile servers high as it could cause overheating – but with the correct in-row airflow and cooling systems, this isn’t a worry. Implement hot and cold air aisles and you’ll be able to fill racks to their maximum capacity. This will free up valuable floor space which you might need for other purposes. Hot and cold air cooling strategies can help you fit more server racks in a small space, while still maintaining a working temperature.
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