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

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Summary

It is important to create clear, detailed instructions for the physical layout of your Data Center to ensure that the room is built accurately. A detailed map can be a powerful tool for this purpose, whether you use pen and paper or drawing software.

Begin the layout process by drawing a grid over a map of the room. It is a guide for placing objects and represents the Data Center's raised floor tiles. Place Data Center objects—mechanical equipment, server rows, structural columns, and so on—so that they align evenly with this grid. This enables easy access to under-floor infrastructure around these items.

Some layouts coordinate Data Center infrastructure better than others. When possible, use floor space for multiple purposes—as a walkway ...

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