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

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Overhead Installation

In an overhead installation, structured cabling and electrical conduits are typically routed above the Data Center's false or suspended ceiling and then terminated directly above the room's server rows. Cooling is channeled above the false ceiling as well, then directed to the server environment below by way of adjustable vents.

The primary advantage of locating infrastructure overhead is that it enables you to forego a raised floor system for your server environment. Overhead installation is therefore less expensive, occupies less floor space, and fits more conveniently in shorter building spaces. Cable trays, ladder racks, and raceways are less expensive than a complete raised floor system, contributing to the cost savings. ...

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