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Build the Best Data Center Facility for Your Business by Douglas Alger

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Previewing Data Center Components

The word infrastructure has been used several times in this book so far, most often in reference to the electrical and data cabling provided to Data Center cabinet locations. In truth, it is a broader term that traditionally applies to seven basic Data Center facility systems: physical space, raised flooring, in-room electrical, standby power, data cabling, cooling, and fire suppression. (The term can also apply to the collection of networking devices in a Data Center, but since the focus of this book is purely on a server environment's physical design, that definition doesn't apply here.)

Here is a brief introduction to these systems, all of which will be discussed in greater detail in their own chapters.

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