Knowing your data centre needs
A recent whitepaper, "The modular approach to data centre design", by Digital Realty found that, while enterprises have evolving needs, they are specific and consistent about their data centre requirements. Availability has always topped the list, while the ability to multi-tier for redundancy purposes has recently become increasingly important.
The adoption of scalable "pay as you grow" uninterruptible power supply (UPS) architectures has simplified the tasks of data centre managers to quickly add a module of IT with all supporting power and cooling infrastructure. However, this makes it easy to lose sight of the future electrical needs of the data centre or data room within a larger facility.
To properly justify data centre costs, CTOs and CIOs must carefully understand how efficiently energy is being consumed in their facility because, improperly understood, this can become the invisible 800 pound gorilla squatting in the corner of the room.
Peter Adcock is Vice President, Design, Digital Realty Asia Pacific.
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