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

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Weight Issues

In recent years, Data Centers have had to accommodate increasingly high structural loads. Data Center devices big and small have gotten heavier, putting greater strain on the rooms and buildings that house them. When designing your server environment, it is prudent to prepare for equipment that can weigh 1500 pounds (680.3 kg), 2000 pounds (907.2 kg), or even more, in a single cabinet location. (Even if your room doesn't have to support such massive equipment today, it may need to in the future.)

Lay out the room to have extra floor space, floor tile locations that are empty rather than housing equipment, around any server rows that run parallel to structural columns. These rows have the greatest weight-bearing ability and are prime ...

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