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

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Determining Shape and Placement of Your Data Center

With the approximate size of the Data Center in mind, it is time to figure out its footprint and where to locate the Data Center within the host building.

Square or rectangular shapes are the most conducive for a server environment. Square or rectangular shapes provide consistent boundaries in which to place large Data Center elements—air handlers, power distribution units, and server rows—that are square or rectangular themselves. Avoid shapes containing curved or angled walls, small alcoves, or dogleg spaces. The irregular shapes create pockets of unusable space. Imagine parking an automobile, which is essentially a rectangle, into a one-car garage. If the garage stall is rectangular or square ...

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